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Method and Meaning: Essays on New Testament Interpretation in Honor of Harold W. Attridge

Andrew B. McGowan, Kent Harold Richards, "Method and Meaning: Essays on New Testament Interpretation in Honor of Harold W. Attridge"
English | 2011 | ISBN: 1589836316 | PDF | pages: 628 | 8 mb

There has never been a more diverse set of possibilities for understanding the canonical texts of the New Testament, other early Christian literature, and the his-tory of the emergent Christian movement that was to become the Church. Diversity in methods of reading the New Testament is of course as old as or older than the texts themselves. The first few generations of Christians struggled with basic questions of method and meaning in their own attempts to read and respond to the scriptures of Judaism. These attempts, various elements of devel-opment, interpretation and controversy, are documented both in the processes of composition as well as in canonization; without them the New Testament itself would not exist.
If the New Testament documents are themselves inscribed efforts at under-standing the Jewish scriptures as well as the person and teaching of Jesus, they quickly became the objects of renewed interpretive debates, and the catalyst for further literary production. From arguments over esoteric and philosophically ambitious interpretation such as that of so-called Gnostics in the second century, through the methodological differences between the Alexandrian and Antiochene schools in the fourth century, the key doctrinal and other disputes that character-ized ancient Christianity were centered on just how to read Christian and Jewish scripture.

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