Review: Scripture and Its Interpretation

30259212Scripture and Its Interpretation: A Global, Ecumenical Introduction to the Bibleedited by Michael J. Gorman is a tour de force collection of introductory essays aimed to familiarize readers with the Christian Bible form a historical and hermeneutical perspective. The book includes essays by an extraordinary group of contributors from around the globe, including representation from four major theological traditions: Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and Pentecostal (p. xx). The scope of the book is complemented by a balanced and informative approach to the task of introductory study, and the reader is certain to benefit from both as engagement progresses through each major section.

Scripture and Its Interpretation is divided into three parts: (1) The Bible, (2) The Interpretation of the Bible in Various Traditions and Cultures, and (3) The Bible and Contemporary Christian Existence. The initial section focuses on the Bible itself, such as “its character as both library and single…

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