Divine Eloquence and Human Transformation
Rethinking Scripture and History through Gregory of Nazianazus and Hans Frei
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
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Title Page, Copyright Page
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The writing of this book has been a lengthy affair, and I have incurred many
debts during its long gestation.
The research and writing of the thesis from which this book has been developed was made possible by awards of a Crosse Studentship from the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, by a Domestic Research...
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The contemporary movement in theology that seeks to recover ways ofunderstanding and reading the Bible as Christian Scripture has, in large part,been constituted over against a captivity of the Bible to the hegemonic claimsof historical criticism.1 These claims are often taken to delimit the ways inwhich meaning can be found in biblical texts and to be destructive of Christian...
The Theological Interpretation of Scripture and the Question of History
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The questions raised for theology by modern historical consciousness go tothe very heart of Christian faith and its core tenets. For that reason they areof profound import for the doctrine of Scripture and the practice of readingScripture theologically. Yet although the issue of history is often recognized inconnection with the claims of historical criticism, these deeper questions rarely...
God, Christ, and History in Gregory of Nazianzus
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For Troeltsch, the closely interwoven web of immanent historicalcauses natural, psychological, and personal precludes recognition of divineintervention in history or the attribution of any particular historical eventwith absolute signi?cance. Gregory of Nazianzus lived many centuries beforethe development of the modern historical consciousness that Troeltsch was...
The Reshaping of History
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In the previous chapter, we saw how Gregory s account of God, creation,humanity, and the divine economy begins to sketch a premodern model thathelps us think about how to respond to Troeltsch. However, central to thataccount are two events that seem to run directly counter to the intuitionsof historical consciousness and their implications for theology, as Troeltsch...
Distributing the Word
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Gregory s account of divine action in history allows him to understandScripture theologically as the product of God s saving activity and itsinstrument, serving as the medium of Christ s pedagogical presence, withoutabstracting it from the historical continuum. Because the presence of JesusChrist as teacher and divine wisdom is by the Spirit s inspiration at the heart...
From Letter to Spirit
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All the features of Gregory s theology of Scripture have hermeneuticalimplications, which Gregory tends to explain in the Pauline terms of letter andspirit, used by so many early Christian exegetes. To do so means recognizingthe pedagogical force of the text by following the movement enacted in Christand the Spirit from the letter of the text to its spirit. Here the hermeneutical...
The Rhetorical Deployment of Scripture in Gregory
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Gregory never wrote a separate work on biblical interpretation, as Origenand Augustine did. Instead he left us his ?nely wrought oratory su'used withScripture, surely intending his use of Scripture there to serve as instructionfor future generations. For Gregory, the mediation of scriptural pedagogywas primarily an oratorical a'air, a matter of persuasion and formation of...
History, Biblical Narrative, and the Shaping of Identity in Hans Frei
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Hans Frei belonged to a vaster, more complex world than Gregory s, oneremoved from late antiquity not only by time but by enormous technological,scienti?c, economic, social, and cultural change. These changes contributedto the formation of a sense of history of whose signi?cance for theology Freiwas acutely aware, having committed himself to working in a modern secular...
History and Holy Scripture in Hans Frei
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Frei s theological account of history requires a theology of Scripture, and hesupplies one, or at least the outline of one. Despite being criticized for notbeing theological enough about Scripture, for prioritizing theories of narrativeor the church as a social entity over a dogmatic account of the Bible, hiscentral concerns with the identity and presence of Jesus Christ led him to say...
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In all our attempts to repair Christian theology in the relatively hospitableclimate a'orded by some educational contexts in recent years in the late-modern West, and in all our e'orts to reappropriate the wisdom of thepremodern past in service of that reparative labor, it is important that we do notlose sight of the scale of the challenges raised to theology by modern thought....
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Index of Subjects and Names
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Page Count: 256
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Emerging Scholars