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Psychological Insight into the Bible
Texts and Readings
POD; Published: 6/25/2007
ISBN: 978-0-8028-4155-1
Price: $ 38.99
311 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6.14 x 9.21
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Foreword by Walter Wink

In recent years theologians and biblical scholars have begun to delve into the insights that come from the application of psychology to biblical texts. While these methods continue to be useful and popular, nowhere have the "foundational" texts in the field been collected.

Wayne Rollins and Andrew Kille, who have both published and taught widely in the area of psychological biblical criticism, have assembled an excellent guide for those interested in this fascinating topic. Included in this anthology are articles from across the landscape, spanning over one hundred years and including such authors as Franz Delitzsch, M. Scott Fletcher, Max Weber, Walter Wink, and many other scholars.

Religious Studies Review
"This book will prove to be an invaluable resource for students, teachers, and researchers in both biblical studies and the psychology of religion. Highly recommended."
William R. Herzog II
— Andover Newton Theological School
"Anyone who has followed the scholarly careers of Wayne Rollins and Andrew Kille knows that it would be impossible to find two authors better able to compile and edit this volume. This collection of articles and excerpts is a must-read for any student of the Scriptures who wants to explore how the use of psychology can illumine biblical texts and yield profound insights into the human soul. Destined to become a standard text for students of the Bible seeking a deeper understanding of familiar biblical figures and overly familiar biblical texts.""
J. Harold Ellens
— University of Michigan
"Rollins and Kille have digested forty-four major works on the interface of psychology and religion and have organized their book in fourteen lucid chapters. . . The immense and universal value of this work is in the way it introduces the reader to the large world of spirituality and the psychological sciences. It provides easy access to the major works of the last one and a half centuries on psychological aspects of Bible study."
André LaCocque
— Chicago Theological Seminary
"Psychological Insight Into the Bible is a veritable exposition of the famous Abraham Heschel's statement that 'the Bible is less a theology for man than an anthropology for God.' From all possible angles the book deals with the issue as spelled out in the title. What 'insight' does psychology bring to the understanding of the biblical text, of its background (or archaeological history), of its foreground (or teleological assimilation by its readers), of its impact on the 'psyche'? Exploring the field from Aristotle to contemporary psychoanalysts and Bible scholars, via Freud, Jung, Winnicott, Frankl, Weber, Delitzsch, Wheeler Robinson, and others, the book builds a compelling case for the immense richness of 'insights' that the psychological methodology offers to the exegete and, reciprocally, biblical anthropology to the psychologist. This is an indispensable tool for students of the Bible and/or of psychology."