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Reading with the Grain of Scripture
HARDCOVER; Coming Soon: 10/22/2020
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7845-8
Price: $ 55.00
479 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
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“All these essays illustrate, in one way or another, how I have sought to carry out scholarly work as an aspect of discipleship—as a process of faith seeking exegetical clarity.” — from the introduction 

Richard Hays has been a giant in the field of New Testament studies since the 1989 publication of his Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul. Now, his most significant essays of the past twenty-five years are collected here, representing the full fruition of major themes from his body of work: 

  • the importance of narrative as the “glue” that holds the Bible together
  • the figural coherence between the Old and New Testaments
  • the centrality of the resurrection of Jesus
  • the hope for New Creation and God’s eschatological transformation of the world
  • the importance of standing in trusting humility before the text
  • the significance of reading Scripture within and for the community of faith

Readers will find themselves guided toward Hays’s “hermeneutic of trust” rather than the “hermeneutic of suspicion” that has loomed large in recent biblical studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Gathering the Wheat

Part 1: Interpretation
1. Narrative Interpretation and the Quest for Theological Unity
2. Reading Scripture with Eyes of Faith
3. Reading Scripture in Light of the Resurrection
4. Figural Interpretation of Israel’s Story

Part 2: Historical Jesus
5. Re-branding Jesus and the Pitfalls of Entrepreneurial Criticism
6. Story, History, and the Quest for Jesus
7. Catholic Tradition and the Quest for Jesus
8. A Modest Sketch of Jesus of Nazareth

Part 3: Paul
9. Christology: Paul’s Story of God’s Son
10. Soteriology: Christ Died for the Ungodly
11. Apocalyptic: New Creation Poetics in Galatians
12. Pneumatology: The Spirit in Romans 8
13. Gospel: For Gentiles Only?
14. Israel: Hope for What We Do Not Yet See
15. Paul, Acts, and Early Christian Proclamation

Part 4: New Testament Theology
16. Christology: Jesus in the Apocalypse of John
17. Covenant: New Covenantalism in Hebrews
18. Humanity: Bultmann’s Misreading of Pauline Anthropology
19. Law: Whose World Is It, Anyway?
20. Confession: Romans and the Nicene Creed
21. Eschatology: “Why Do You Stand Looking Up into Heaven?”

Conclusion: A Hermeneutic of Trust

Epilogue: Dark Fruition

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