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Seized by Truth: Reading the Bible as Scripture Paperback – August 1, 2007
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One reviewer said Green was trying too hard to appear smart and was hard to read. When I began reading the book, I was quite surprised by this reviewer's comments. Green isn't using overly complicated language and is quite easy to understand. As I said, the beginning is a bit simplistic but otherwise a good read that has helped me to approach the Bible in new ways.
I would recommend it.
Reading the Bible as Scripture also demands a strong focus on the primary text. Green is concerned that, in biblical studies, undue impetus has been given to interpretive methods that purport to go behind the text (e.g., historical criticism) or in front of the text (e.g., ideological methods). This has left many with the impression that the interpretive task begins with discerning what the text meant and only then deciding what it means today. Such a divide is problematic, Green claims, because it fails to take seriously unity of the church under the guidance of the Spirit. In the final chapter, Green offers a illuminating discussion of the authority of the Bible. Here he challenges us to rethink the categories of `inerrancy' and `infallibility' that have arisen in recent history and, he claims, constitute their own form of reductionism.
"Seized by Truth" is at once very easy to read and very challenging. It would be appropriate to use in an introductory course on hermeneutics but would also be accessible to laity without any theological education. I am loath to separate the `practical' from the `theoretical,' but I should mention that one of the features that many readers will find helpful (i.e., `practical') about this book is the step-by-step guide to the interpretive practices that Green is arguing for (124-140). I recommend it.