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Thinking Biblically: Exegetical And Hermeneutical Studies Paperback – 15 Jul 1998

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  • Paperback: 462 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (15 July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226713431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226713434
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,006,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Unparalled in its poetry, richness, and religious and historical significance, the Hebrew Bible has been the site and center of countless commentaries, perhaps none as unique as "Thinking Biblically." This remarkable collaboration sets the words of a distinguished biblical scholar, Andre LaCocque, and those of a leading philosopher, Paul Ricoeur, in dialogue around six crucial passages from the Old Testament: the story of Adam and Eve; the commandment "thou shalt not kill"; the valley of dry bones passage from Ezekiel; Psalm 22; the Song of Songs; and the naming of God in Exodus 3:14. Commenting on these texts, LaCocque and Ricoeur provide a wealth of new insights into the meaning of the different genres of the Old Testament as these made their way into and were transformed by the New Testament.
LaCocque's commentaries employ a historical-critical method that takes into account archaeological, philological, and historical research. LaCocque includes in his essays historical information about the dynamic tradition of reading scripture, opening his exegesis to developments and enrichments subsequent to the production of the original literary text. Ricoeur also takes into account the relation between the texts and the historical communities that read and interpreted them, but he broadens his scope to include philosophical speculation. His commentaries highlight the metaphorical structure of the passages and how they have served as catalysts for philosophical thinking from the Greeks to the modern age.
This extraordinary literary and historical venture reads the Bible through two different but complementary lenses, revealing the familiar texts as vibrant, philosophically consequential, and unceasingly absorbing."

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This collaboration sets the words of a distinguished biblical scholar, Andre LaCocque, and those of a leading philosopher, Paul Ricoeur, in dialogue around six crucial passages from the Old Testament: the story of Adam and Eve; the commandment "thou shalt not kill"; the valley of dry bones passage from Ezekiel; Psalm 22; the Song of Songs; and the naming of God in Exodus 3:14. Commenting on these texts, LaCocque and Ricoeur provide a wealth of new insights into the meaning of the different genres of the Old Testament as these made their way into and were transformed by the New Testament. LaCocque's commentaries employ a historical-critical method that takes into account archaeological, philological, and historical research. LaCocque includes in his essays historical information about the dynamic tradition of reading Scripture, opening his exegesis to developments and enrichments subsequent to the production of the original literary text. Ricoeur also takes into account the relation between the texts and the historical communities that read and interpreted them, but he broadens his scope to include philosophical speculation. His commentaries highlight the metaphorical structure of the passages and how they have served as catalysts for philosophical thinking from the Greeks to the modern age. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Finally 7 Aug. 2000
By Mark McEntire - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Those who have appreciated Ricouer's hermeneutics over the last few decades, whether they tend to agree or disagree with him, will rejoice that a sampling of biblical exegesis from Ricouer has finally appeared in this volume. Further, Ricouer has found a powerful dialogue partner in the well-know biblical scholar Adnre Lacocque. Ricouer's correlational approach comes through nicely in his discussion of selected biblical texts. The opening discussion of Genesis 2-3 is particlarly poignant. The books strengths also produce its weaknesses. There is only a sampling of texts here. How would Ricouer apprach the understanding of an entire biblical book? We still do not know. The inclusion of Lacocque's work is quite welcome, but it means that only half the book is Ricouer. One of the hermeneutical giants of the last half of the twentieth century appears to be nearing the end of his career. One can only hope that more application of his method to the Bible is forthcoming, but at least we have this one volume.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "TREASURE-OF-TRUTH" THAT SHOULD BE MANDATORY READING 13 Jun. 2015
By barryb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This manuscript is a “treasure-of-truth” that should be mandatory reading for every serious Christian in America, or the western culture. It is that significant; and that essential to grasping the all-inclusive “faith=picture” of how Christianity has unfolded in western thought. These two scholars perfectly respect each other and complement each other’s view. There are no “contradictions”, only complementarity and clarity and strengthening of truth. How can we resist such a manuscript?

LACOCQUE is always up first, then the RICOEUR essay follows. The topics are strung together in a Judaic heritage type of enchaining that is important for every member of the Judaic or Christian faith.

You will travel through:

1. Creation; and the comparison of narratives.
2. The human condition
3. The modalities of creation-existence
4. The Decalogue; and aspects of covenant
5. Shift in historical identity
6. Non-cultic ethics and incarnated teleology
7. Modalities of covenant
8. The rabbinic interpretive program
9. The ethics of “recognition”
10. EZEKIEL 37 as the major transition moment to “new covenant”, out of dry bones
11. Linguistic analysis of prophesy
12. Rabbinic re-readings
13. PSALM 22; and new emerging theology for the new covenant.
14. Rabbinic re-readings
15. Linguistic analysis of a psalm
16. SONG OF SOLOMON; and new worship of new covenant
17. Linking SONG to GEN 2:23
18. ELOHIM-YAHWEH-ADONAI
19. Hellenized influence on the Tetragrammaton
20. And more
That’s right; all of this in one manuscript. You’ll want a hardback; it will be a kept book for future reference. I wrote a syllabus to accompany my reading because of the wealth of information in this text. It really is “beyond ratings”. Buy it; research it slowly; internalize the findings; grow in faith. Simple as that.
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