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The Hermeneutics of the Apostolic Proclamation

The Center of Paul's Method of Scriptural Interpretation

Matthew W. Bates

Publication Year: 2012

Against the prevailing models for understanding the Apostle Paul's interpretation and use of scripture, Matthew Bates proposes a fresh approach toward developing a Pauline hermeneutic. He combines historical criticism with an intertextual strategy that takes seriously the work of the early church fathers, and in so doing fills a void in current scholarship. Bates applies his method to both oft-referenced and underutilized passages in the writings of Paul and suggests a new model for Pauline hermeneutics that is centered on the apostolic proclamation of Christ.

Published by: Baylor University Press


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pp. 1-1

Half Title Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7


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pp. vii-viii

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pp. 1-8

Paul is a polarizing figure. For some he is the ultimate saint—the singular human who best understood the gospel, gave the proclamation of Jesus its most incisive articulation, and most fully lived it out, dying as a missionary martyr. ...

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1. Toward the Center of Pauline Hermeneutics

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pp. 9-58

Not only is the story of previous research into Pauline hermeneutics a story worth hearing in and of itself, the story also conveniently delineates a typology of possible ways to approach the subject of Pauline hermeneutics. By tracing the main contours of the plot, with special attention to developments in the last century, ...

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2. Paul and the Hermeneutics of the Apostolic Kerygma

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pp. 59-108

There is no small amount of disagreement regarding the degree to which Paul conveys his own principles of scriptural interpretation. For instance, Richard Hays has dismissed the notion that Paul has any systematic hermeneutical principles, let alone ones that are expressly revealed.1 ...

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3. Figuration and the Divine Economy

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pp. 109-182

The preceding chapter initiated an examination of Paul’s explicit statements about the scriptures. The purpose of this exploration was to determine what, if anything, Paul says about the scriptures that might reveal his hermeneutical stance. ...

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4. Introducing Prosopological Exegesis

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pp. 183-222

After tracing the story of scholarship on Pauline hermeneutics at the outset of this book, I put forward a fresh methodological proposal for the study of Paul’s use of the scriptures. Specifically, I suggested that a void exists in the scholarship on two interrelated fronts. ...

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5. Prosopological Exegesis in Paul’s Letters

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pp. 223-328

In light of the definition of prosopological exegesis and the criteria for assisting in determining its presence, which were established in the preceding chapter, this chapter seeks to gauge the extent to which Paul employs this exegetical technique and to tease out the hermeneutical implications of his usage. ...

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6. The Implications of Kerygmatic Hermeneutics

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pp. 329-356

In drawing the various strands of my project together, there are three things that I would like to accomplish. First, I will present the immediate results of the study by summarizing the findings. Yet, second, these findings have implications for certain ongoing scholarly conversations about Pauline hermeneutics ...


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pp. 357-388

Index of Biblical References

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pp. 389-400

E-ISBN-13: 9781602585478
E-ISBN-10: 1602585474
Print-ISBN-13: 9781602583283
Print-ISBN-10: 1602583285

Page Count: 415
Publication Year: 2012

Edition: 1

OCLC Number: 818727265
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  • Bible. -- Epistles of Paul -- Hermeneutics.
  • Bible -- Criticism, interpretation, etc. -- History -- Early church, ca. 30-600.
  • Bible. N.T. Epistles of Paul -- Theology.
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