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A Royal Priesthood? The Use of the Bible Ethically and Politically: A Dialogue with Oliver O'Donovan (Scripture and Hermeneutics Series, V. 3) Paperback – November 11, 2002
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Since September 11, 2001, we are intensely aware of the need for political wisdom. Can Scripture help us in this respect? Yes, but not simplistically. In an exhilarating dialogue with Oliver O'Donovan, a team of international scholars look in detail in this book at biblical interpretation as we make the journey from what God said to Abraham, as it were, to how to respond to the political challenges of today. Such exploration is essential if the church is to become a royal priesthood today.
Oliver O'Donovan (respondent to 14 chapters)
N. T. Wright
A Royal Priesthood? is the third volume from the Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar. This annual gathering of Christian scholars from various disciplines was established in 1998 and aims to reassess the discipline of biblical studies from the foundations up and forge creative new ways for reopening the Bible in our cultures.
Any attempt to open the Book in new and fresh ways for our cultures at the start of the third millennium must explore how to read the Bible ethically and politically. This volume looks at the obstacles to such a process and in dialogue with Oliver O'Donovan's creative work in this regard, looks in detail at how to read different parts of the Bible for ethics and politics. A unique element of the book is Oliver O'Donovan's 14 responses to individual chapters.
Volume 1, Renewing Biblical Interpretation and Volume 2, After Pentecost, are also published by Paternoster Press and Zondervan.
About the Author
Craig Bartholomew (MA, Potchefstroom University, PhD, Bristol University) is professor of philosophy and biblical studies at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada. He is the author of Reading Ecclesiastes: Old Testament Exegesis and Hermeneutical Theory. He has also edited In the Fields of the Lord: A Calvin Served Reader and co-edited Christ and Consumerism: A Critical Analysis of the Spirit of the Age. He is the series editor for the Scripture and Hermeneutics Series.
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There are around 16 essays and this review will not unpack each of them (for space reasons). Rather, I will categorize them and offer a few comments on the more notable ones.
McGonville, Furnish, Tom Wright, and others offer exegetical clarifications to OO's work. They argue, in different ways, that OO should have paid more attention to Y model in Scripture, rather than relying exclusively on the revelation of God's kingship model. Perhaps OO should have, and the authors score some points for noticing that. What none of them were able to accomplish, though, is how O'Donovan's lack of interaction with their pet verse changes any of his program.
Jonathan Chaplin has the most important essay in the book. He brilliantly clarifies OO's work. He offers a few helpful criticisms (OO's view of the powers in *Desire* conflicts with his view in *resurrection and moral order*). And OO in response agrees with Chaplin.
Several liberation theologians criticize OO for a "northern view." Responding to them is tricky. While I cannot approve of their marxist structure, I am sympathetic to their desire to help the poor and offer a Public Faith. It is curious that they accused OO of maintaing a capitalist order when O'Donovan spends several hundred pages critiquing capitalism! This is the problem with ideological theologies: they simply want to talk so they can hear themselves talk. Rarely are they interested in any real interaction.
Responding to Kuyper:
Oliver O'Donovan's response to Kuyperian James Skillen is magnificent. OO pointed out some problems with pluralism. If it is the magistrate's duty to protect everyone's right to their own religious practices, what does he do when group x's practice interferes with group y's? It is not as simple as "telling group x to stop it." Group x's religion *requires* them to do that, so the argument goes. Therefore, Pluralism decontructs into incoherence. It is logically contradictory.
Many hail OO and these scholars as representing an important move in political theology. Let us hope the church recognizes the public dimension of God's revelation.