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Pandora's Box Opened
An Examination and Defense of Historical-Critical Method and Its Master Practitioners
Roy A. Harrisville
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POD; Published: 8/9/2014
ISBN: 978-0-8028-6980-7
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368 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
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Eminently informed assessment of a major modern method of biblical interpretation

For many, the historical-critical method has released a host of threats to Christian faith and confession. In Pandora's Box Opened, however, Roy Harrisville argues that despite the evils brought upon biblical interpretation by the historical-critical method, there is still hope for it as a discipline.

Harrisville begins by describing the emergence and use of the historical-critical method. He then attends to the malaise that has come over the method, which he says still persists. Finally, Harrisville commends the historical-critical method, though shorn of its arrogance. He claims that the method and all its users comprise a "Pandora's Box" that, when opened, releases "a myriad other pains," but hope still remains.
Robert W. Jenson
— Institute for Theological Inquiry
"Roy Harrisville has long studied biblical interpretation and thought much about it. This book presents the results — insights both deeply thoughtful and comprehensive in scope. Congratulations are in order."
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"The experience of reading [this book] is as one sitting at the feet of a learned professor who has gone over this material many times, and can distill the information into bite size chunks."
Jim West
"Harrisville builds his house brick by brick, laying each layer carefully and brilliantly. . . . Read this book. Even if you don't like historical-criticism. It's a great read. It's a great story."