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The Reformation and the Right Reading of Scripture Hardcover – September 25, 2017
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"I've been waiting years for a book such as this: a comprehensive treatment of the nature, history, and significance of the Bible's literal interpretation. Here is a sustained argument for the importance of reading with the Reformers, which in Provan's account means doing as they say, not exactly as they do. This is a brave book that sails against the prevailing winds of hermeneutical fashion, charting a 'fifth way' that avoids reductive historical, expansive postmodern, narrow literalistic, and unregulated spiritual ways of reading the Bible. Read literally, Scripture is not a wax nose that can be turned this way or that, but a divinely inspired, authoritative text with real bite."―Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Research Professor of Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
"Using the magisterial Reformation for his compass, Provan surveys the current landscape of biblical interpretation and seeks to chart a faithful path forward. His sprawling, historiographical cartography explores the trails taken by those he styles as inveterate historical critics, unrepentant fundamentalists, modish postmoderns, and fashionable post-Protestants, all so he can offer a timely affirmation of 'literal' reading, rightly understood. Provan's 'fifth way' entails a chastened, reframed use of critical methods, rather than capitulating to them or rejecting them. His ultimate destination is a renewed emphasis on 'the Great Biblical Story as a canonical whole.'"―Stephen B. Chapman, Associate Professor of Old Testament and Director of Graduate Studies in Religion, Duke University
"Iain Provan has given us here a vigorous affirmation on how to read the Bible as a Protestant. An important and nuanced argument set in the context of the wider Christian tradition and recent hermeneutical developments, this book stands out among the welter of recent writings on the Reformation."―Timothy George, Dean, Beeson Divinity School at Samford University and general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture
"This prodigiously well-read, well-written, elegant, and accessible study has a passionate and serious treatise to expound. As its title hints, it is not another book on the history of interpretation, except in the sense that Professor Provan believes that the history of interpretation, especially in the time of the Fathers and the Reformers, has vital significance for the twenty-first century. So, we need to pay attention if we are to get interpretation on the right track five hundred years after Luther posted his theses. Aspects of Professor Provan's own thesis about literal interpretation are unfashionable and therefore need to be pondered with open minds."―John Goldingay, David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary
About the Author
Iain Provan is the Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies at Regent College. He lives in the Vancouver, Canada area.
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