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Key to a theology of scripture and how theology functions in relation to the interpretation of Christianity's religious texts is the important issue of faith and history. Seeking to address a critical problem in theology and the interpretation of scripture raised by modern historical consciousness, Ben Fulford argues for a densely historical and theological reading of scripture centered in a Christological rubric. The argument herein uncovers a pattern of triune action and presence in the rhetorical use of Christian sacred texts, one which draws readers into fuller participation in the shaping of history in Christ. Tracing the problem through the modern theological heritage, the author turns to a comparative account of theologically patterned reading represented by patristic theology in Gregory of Nazianzus and postliberal theology in its pivotal founder, Hans Frei. The book addresses the challenge of historicity and historical consciousness, argues for the relevance of pre-modern approaches to scripture, and offers a fresh and extensive account of two salient figures from the early and contemporary tradition, thus enacting a theology of retrieval as a resource on a present issue of vital importance.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. 1. The Theological Interpretation of Scripture and the Question of History
  2. pp. 15-50
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  1. 2. God, Christ, and History in Gregory of Nazianzus
  2. pp. 51-78
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  1. 3. The Reshaping of History: Jesus Christ and the Baptized Life in Gregory of Nazianzus
  2. pp. 79-106
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  1. 4. Distributing the Word: Holy Scripture and the Preacher in Gregory of Nazianzus
  2. pp. 107-136
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  1. 5. From Letter to Spirit
  2. pp. 137-158
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  1. 6. The Rhetorical Deployment of Scripture in Gregory
  2. pp. 159-190
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  1. 7. History, Biblical Narrative, and the Shaping of Identity in Hans Frei
  2. pp. 191-230
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  1. 8. History and Holy Scripture in Hans Frei
  2. pp. 231-272
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  1. 9. Conclusion: Divine Eloquence
  2. pp. 273-282
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 283-296
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  1. Index of Subjects and Names
  2. pp. 297-301
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. 315-315
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781451469608
Related ISBN
9781451465488
MARC Record
OCLC
867741947
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2013-11-28
Language
English
Open Access
No
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