Heaven on Earth? Theological Interpretation in Ecumenical Dialogue, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 111855194X
  • ISBN-13: 9781118551943
  • DDC: 230
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 244 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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This ecumenical collection brings together eleven leading Catholic and evangelical theologians in a discussion of the benefits - and potential drawbacks - of todays burgeoning corpus of theological interpretation. The authors address the question of whether this rapid growth of commentary and analysis deepens the Christian communitys understanding of scriptural history or threatens to distance us from that history and to produce an ahistorical faith. Much rests on how historical reading of Scripture can hope to enter into Scriptures own understanding of history as providentially governed and as already participating, despite appearances, in Christs eschatological victory. The essays provide diverse theological and exegetical perspectives on the relationship between earthly time and its heavenly source and goal, between this-worldly narratives and spiritual realities. The varied backgrounds of the authors, and their differing areas of expertise, make this collection a truly wide-ranging theological debate about the kinds of scriptural exegesis that Christians today ought to be pursuing. The retrieval of patristic voices is here shown to be a notable dimension not only of Catholic theology but also of evangelical theology. Yet important differences remain regarding how far spiritual interpretation can proceed without losing touch with Scriptures original contexts and purposes. Covering topics that range from contemporary typological exegesis to the Christological hermeneutics of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the anthology expresses a shared concern to identify the work of God in the fabric of the temporal world.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Introduction: Spiritual Interpretation and Realigned Temporality.
1: Reading the Fathers.
2: “In Many and Various Ways”: Towards a Theology of Theological Exegesis.
3: “There's Fire in That Rain”: On Reading the Letter and Reading Allegorically.
4: Origen against History? Reconsidering the Critique of Allegory.
5: “This Is the Day Which the Lord has Made”: Scripture, Manumission, and the Heavenly Future in Saint Gregory of Nyssa.
6: Reading Scripture.
7: Imperial Lover: The Unveiling of Jesus Christ in Revelation.
8: Translation and Transcendence: The Fragile Future of Spiritual Interpretation.
9: Readings on the Rock: Typological Exegesis in Contemporary Scholarship.
10: Reading in Contemporary Context.
11: The Self-Critique of the Historical-Critical Method: Cardinal Ratzinger's Erasmus Lecture.
12: Profiling Christ: The Psalms of Abandonment.
13: The Fragile Future of Spiritual Interpretation.
14: “Ascending the Mountain, Singing the Rock: Biblical Interpretation Earthed, Typed, and Transfigured”.