- Series: Hebrew Bible / Old Testament (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 847 pages
- Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht; First Edition edition (December 31, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3525536364
- ISBN-13: 978-3525536360
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.8 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,013,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hebrew Bible / Old Testament. The History of Its Interpretation: Volume I: From the Beginnings to the Middle Ages (Until 1300). Part 1: Antiquity Hardcover – December 31, 1996
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Can I mention some highlights. In volume 1:1 the outstanding article for me was "New Testament Interpretation of the Old Testament", by Hans Hubner: a survey of the use of the OT by each NT author; quite excellent, and directly useful to all who read and preach from either Testament. Volume 1:2 is particularly rich in the history of Jewish exegesis. My personal pick however was "Christian Interpretation of the Old Testament in the High Middle Ages" by Karlfied Froehlion (includes Peter Lombard, Thomas Aquinas, Bonaventure, and, in their day, the impact on the intellectual life of Europe of the rediscovery of Aristotle). Volume 2 (i.e. the third book) includes excellent introductory chapters on the Renaissance and Enlightenment periods by the editor of the series, Magne Saebo. There are of course major chapters on Luther and Calvin, but also introductions to many other exegetes who while less well-known but not less important. My favourite articles were "The history and the Impact of English Bible Translations", Henry Wansbrough (from which the anecdote above is drawn); and 'Scriptural Interpretation in the English Literary Tradition', Stephen Prickett. The latter includes a discussion of Milton and Paradise Lost that is a masterly example of economy and insight.
While the eye-watering price of the set may put it out of the reach of many individual pastors and teachers, it is certainly worth a few visits to the library to sneak a look at (after the sermon has been prepared, of course). For seminary libraries, sine qua non.