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Even the Devil Quotes Scripture
Reading the Bible on Its Own Terms
PAPERBACK; Coming Soon: 5/11/2023
ISBN: 978-0-8028-8203-5
Price: $ 22.99
189 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 5.5 x 8.5
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“We are meant to take the Bible seriously, not literally.” —from the Introduction

 In Even the Devil Quotes Scripture, Robyn J. Whitaker looks to the Bible as a guide to interpreting the Bible, and her findings breathe new life into our understanding and use of Scripture. As it turns out, the uses of Scripture within Scripture are flexible, open to frequent reinterpretation, and rarely literal.

For instance, Ezra and Nehemiah reinterpret laws about whether Jews can marry foreigners in the wake of the Babylonian exile. Their contradiction of earlier traditions found in Deuteronomic law do not invalidate Scripture but rather represent its diverse applications for the prophets’ specific situations. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus presents a more demanding interpretation of Mosaic law in the Sermon on the Mount, while in Mark’s Gospel he all but ignores its prohibition of working on the Sabbath. Yet the common ethos of the two gospels prioritizes compassion over legalism.

Ultimately, Whitaker ascertains one definitive characteristic of inner-biblical interpretation: love. After all, the Old Testament passage most frequently quoted in the New Testament is Leviticus 19:18: “Love thy neighbor.” Thus, Whitaker proposes a hermeneutic of love—a litmus test for the validity of a scriptural interpretation measured in charity. Ideal for any devoted reader of the Bible, Even the Devil Quotes Scripture opens our eyes to the Bible as a living, loving gift of God’s unfolding revelation.

Table of Contents

          1. Introduction 
          2. What Is the Bible? 
          3. Bible Interpreting Bible? 
          4. Stories That Invite Conversation 
          5. Scripture Rewriting Scripture 
          6. Jesus as Interpreter 
          7. A Hermeneutic of Love 
          8. Reading the Bible for Love