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Struggling with Scripture Paperback – March 1, 2002
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About the Author
William C. Placher was Charles D. and Elizabeth S. LaFollette Distinguished Professor in the Humanities and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. He was the author or editor of a number of books including A History of Christian Theology, Jesus the Savior, and Essentials of Christian Theology, all published by WJK.
Brian K. Blount is President and Professor of New Testament at Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Secondary Education in Richmond, Virginia. He is the coauthor of Preaching Mark in Two Voices and Making Room at the Table and the author of Can I Get a Witness?, all available from WJK.
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Blount, in the last essay, contends basically that if the Bible is a "Living Word", it is not stagnant, meaning (as I understood it) that the understanding and values of words in the Biblical text, which existed among the first century believers in relation to their way of life, "must no longer be equally valued today." Then he hoes on to give two example of what he means: (1) slavery in America, and (2) homosexual behavior.
It is the second example that is not a good example of texts changing value between the first century Christians and those of today or of it having polyvalent meanings.Read more ›
One of our Prof's recurring themes comes often in his influence of the Holy Spirit: "The Spirit meets us always afresh in our faithful reading, in each new time, place, and circumstance. Anyone who imagines that reading is settled and eternally simple does not pay attention to the process in which we are all engaged, liberals or conservatives." In many lectures, classroom discussions he has often referred to the failure of any passage having only one single interpretation! (This struck me recently in his talk at First Presbyterian Church, Atlanta when he made a firm assertion he was neither liberal or conservative.)
He touches Biblical Authority through the avenures of Inherency, Interpretation, Imagination, Ideology and Inspiration. In one of his first classes at Columbia Seminary, I was present when he used these five words beginning with I's. That immediately hooked me into signing-up for his Survey of Old Testament, next his Theology of the Old Testament.
Brueggemann's first Chapter lives up to the Preface comments by William Sloan Coffin, where he introduces Prof Blount, then Prof Placher and finally in more detail Prof Bruegge. I cannot come close to adequately describe this gem of three chapters plus the delightful preface of William Coffin. When you have heard these two similarly dramatic speakers then you surely will want to digest their magically miraculous, wondrous descriptive words. Gratefully, Retired Chaplain Fred W Hood
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As a pastors' assistant, I ordered this book for our pastor for him to either use in leading Bible studies, or for sermon preparation.Published on August 26, 2013 by Pam Schweizer
In short compass, this may be one of the best books to read if one wants to familiarize themselves with the main arguments more "liberal" scholars give for their understanding of... Read morePublished on January 30, 2012 by David George Moore
Dr. Bosch is a researcher, apologist, and full-time university professor in Southern California, U.S.A.
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