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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (8 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802865909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802865908
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 1.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 886,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Miroslav Volf is Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture and Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School, New Haven, Connecticut. He is also the author of Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation.

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a non-methodological dependent exploration of multiple texts in classical Volf style 29 Feb 2012
By Greg Smith (aka sowhatfaith) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Captive to the Word of God: Engaging the Scriptures for Contemporary Theological Reflection is a collection of six of Volf's essays written over the last sixteen years that show this systematic theologian's understanding of the role of the Bible for Christians in the twenty-first century. The only essay written for this text is the first: "Reading the Bible Theologically," which explains how Volf engages Scripture in the other essays and in general. He describes the essays as "theological readings of biblical texts" (p.4) that are not dependent on a single method, but rather build upon the "return of biblical scholars to the theological reading of the Scriptures, and the return of systematic theologians to sustained engagement with the scriptural texts" (p.14) with "hermeneutic of respect" (p.34) that balances its "historicality" (p.16) with an understanding that the text speaks today (p.18).

Rather than crafting a new method or defending an existing method of engaging Scripture, readers from many theological perspectives will be enriched through an encounter with a non-methodological dependent exploration of multiple texts. Thoughtful and thought provoking, this theologically moderate and modern text is an invitation to experience Volf's work while also using it to refine one's own way of engaging the biblical text.
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