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Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul Paperback – January 27, 1993
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It is Dr. Hays thesis that we can better understand the writings of Paul if we first understand his hermenuetics. And for Paul, that means that he reads consistently the Christian experience through a lens that has been crafted by a fine honing of knowledge from the Hebrew Scriptures. It is in the pulling up of Hebrew Scriptures that preceded or follow the obvious linkage with a particular Pauline passage that we find the most meaning Hays argues.
His writing is compelling, understandable and, yes , persuasive. I would commend this book to anyone who is trying to understand Paul and what he means. This is of particular valuable in developing a biblical understanding of the theological implications of Romans 9-11.
The effect is almost always surprising; sometimes one wonders at Paul's subtlety; at other times one asks whether it is really Hays' ingenuity that has conjured up an echo that did not occur to Paul. As it turns out, it does not matter. Hays argues that to limit the interpretation of scriptural echoes to what Paul intended is to create artificial limitations and restrict the hermeneutical freedom which Paul himself employed.Read more ›
This is a great work.
Dr. Hays has written an amazing academic book evaluating Paul's hermeneutic. This book is not for the layman. I rarely give a 5 Star rating to a book that I disagree with on some key points, but this is an exception.
I purchased this volume in my quest as "The Midrash Detective," trying to locate the Old Testament "mother texts" the New Testament writers sometimes built upon. I did pick up a few possibilities, but that is not primarily what this book is about.
Although the author is not theologically liberal, he is not a conservative evangelical (like myself) either. As a result, he downplays the supernatural revelatory inspiration experienced by Paul the apostle and views Paul more as an interpreter of Scripture rather than writing under the supernatural guidance of the Spirit Himself.
Although I emphasize the human thought process in the Scriptural authors, Paul is not just a great teacher and interpreter; instead, he is laying the foundation of the church (Eph. 2:20) in a way no moderns can nor should.
Yale Prof. Richard Hays avows that Paul's hermeneutic is to be normative for us, and offers some guidelines that should help us avoid taking too much liberty with subjective interpretation. I would argue that the Scriptures can be spiritual alive and the "word near us" by way of application. Imaginative interpretation leads to nothing but theological error, situation ethics, and a denial of absolute truth.Read more ›
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This book is the beginning of exciting new questions for the reader, especially if one is unaware of the work being done in Paul with reference to intertextuality and narrative... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ethan
Good read on the Letters of St. Paul. Read it over a weekend.Published 22 months ago by HowDoUKnowtheBibleIsInspiredandInerrant?
I don't much care for the premise nor the so-called support for it. I've seen shakier theories that were better supported.Published on November 8, 2013 by Amazon Customer
The book is very well written and Richard Hays has valuable insight into scripture. I recommend this book to anyone searching for a deeper understanding of Paul and the role of Old... Read morePublished on December 17, 2011 by David
Richard Hays groundbreaking work continues in Echoes of Scripture. Following his dissertation on the narrative substructure of Paul's letter, Hays now addresses the critical issue... Read morePublished on May 29, 2007 by Neil E. White