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The Cambridge Companion to Biblical Interpretation (Cambridge Companions to Religion) Hardcover – 28 Jul 1998

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  • Hardcover: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (28 July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521481449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521481441
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,440,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"These studies are very informative overviews of the particular subjects and their advocates, and they will be persuasive to those who share the assumptions with which the topics are addressed." E. Earle Ellis, Southwestern Journal of Theology

"...a progress report on biblical interpretation in the 1990s...." New Testament Abstracts

"For an overview of recent Bible scholarship, one cannot do better than The Cambridge Companion to Biblical Interpretation....this is a lively, thorough, easy-to-read guide to the action." Tom D'Evelyn, The Providence Sunday Journal

"This is one of the best collections addressing methodological approaches and their application and is an important teaching tool in the face of the bewildering array of methodologies presently employed." Tammi J. Schneider, Religious Studies Review

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This book provides the first complete guide to the present state of biblical studies. Intended for students and non specialists, this collection of twenty-one specially commissioned chapters covers all the methods and approaches currently practised in the academic study of the Bible, as well as examining the major categories of books in the Bible from the perspective of recent scholarship.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Bevan TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 May 2007
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If you want to get an overview of what's happening in biblical interpretation at the start of the 21st century, this would be a very good place to start. The book is helpfully divided into two sections, the first concentrating on lines of approach, the second on trends in interpretation of different types of biblical writing (the Pentateuch, the prophetic books, and so on). In the first section, I especially enjoyed the concise and well-written introductions to sociological, feminist, political and the so-called 'New Historicist' approaches - all of which are emerging as alternatives to the more 'conventional' historical-critical method (though John Barton, in his chapter on this approach, argues that it is only now, after two hundred years, getting into its stride). In general, I found the second half of the book tried to cover too much ground and ended up being superficial. Despite this, chapters on current approaches to the non-Pauline letters and apocalyptic literature stood out as describing fresh and exciting emerging perspectives. Highly recommended.
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By Mr M.A.Gisbourne on 4 Feb. 2015
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A good read
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This is a must have & read book if you are serious about studying the Bible. Well written and understandable.
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