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Reading Theologically

edited by Eric D. Barreto

Publication Year: 2014

Reading is one of the basic skills a student needs. But reading is not just an activity of the eyes and the brain. Reading Theologically, edited by Eric D. Barreto, brings together eight seminary educators from a variety of backgrounds to explore what it means to be a reader in a seminary context—to read theologically.

Reading theologically involves a specific mindset and posture towards texts and ideas, people and communities alike. Reading theologically is not just about academic skill building but about the formation of a ministerial leader who can engage scholarship critically, interpret Scripture and tradition faithfully, welcome different perspectives, and help lead others to do the same.

This brief, readable, edited volume emphasizes the vital skills, habits, practices, and values involved in reading theologically. Reading Theologically is a vital resource for students beginning the seminary process and professors of introductory level seminary courses.

Published by: Augsburg Fortress Publishers

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. vii-viii

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Eric D. Barreto

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pp. 9 -14

Reading is so commonplace that we often don’t even notice how much of it we do. When we think about reading, we might imagine curling up with a novel next to a roaring fire on a cold winter’s night or hunkering down in a library for research. We might picture...

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1. Reading Basically

Melissa Browning

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pp. 15-30

I was a junior in college when I first learned to read—really read—at an academic level. I was taking an upper-level New Testament course and, after several dismal presentations by students in the course, the professor decided we had never really learned to read. He told us that when you read an academic text or when...

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2. Reading Meaningfully

Miriam Y. Perkins

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pp. 31-48

Meaningful understanding, often called “interpretation” in academic contexts, is vital throughout seminary education. Interpretation is deliberative exploration and creative expression of fruitful encounter. It is essential to understanding scripture texts, historical sources and...

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3. Reading Biblically

Amy L. B. Peeler

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pp. 49-64

As a champion of the Epistle to the Hebrews, I often find myself citing Hebrews 4:12, “Indeed, the Word of God is living and active,”1 to affirm that God speaks today through the Scriptures. My colleagues who study other “texts”—Shakespeare, poetry, the events of history...

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4. Reading Generously

Gerald C. Liu

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pp. 65-74

Reading generously is a practice of love. In Matthew 22:34-40, when Jesus is asked what the greatest commandment is, he adapts a quotation attributed to Moses in Deuteronomy 6:5. Jesus responds: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all...

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5. Reading Critically

Jacob D. Myers

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pp. 75-94

Rarely does a horror film offer much for those seeking to hone skills of critical reading, but I would argue that the recently released World War Z defies the trend.1 Drawing from the award-winning novel by Max Brooks,2 WWZ follows the travails of Gerry Lane, an exsecurity...

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6. Reading Differently

JamesW. McCarty III

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pp. 95-108

Context matters. We can understand the words and actions of others only with knowledge of the contexts in which those words were spoken and those actions taken. For example, whether someone thinks it is appropriate to wear shoes in one’s home depends on...

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7. Reading Digitally

Sarah Morice Brubaker

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pp. 109-124

The first time I explored Second Life, I got stuck in the rafters of an unfamiliar building, wearing nothing but a helmet and a bustle. Second Life, for those unfamiliar with it, is an online virtual world where those sixteen years old and older can buy real estate and...

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8. Reading Spiritually

Shanell T. Smith

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pp. 125-136

“Oh. My. Gosh! What have I gotten myself into? This is not what I expected. This is not like the Bible studies we have at church. Did somebody just say ‘that man, Jesus?!’ . . . And all this reading?! How am I ever going to be able to retain this? How is this overload...

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pp. 137-140


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pp. 141-145

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9781451487527
E-ISBN-10: 1451487525
Print-ISBN-13: 9781451483420
Print-ISBN-10: 1451483422

Page Count: 100
Publication Year: 2014