Sacred Texts and Christianity
Lecture Notes for Topic 1.3-
|Last revised: 1/22/04
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In this topic we are going to explore a number of issues that have been
put on the table primarily by Gerald Bray in selected segments of chapter
one of his Biblical Interpretation: Past and Present. Thus you will
want to pay especially close attention to the textbook list of assigned
readings since these will help frame the discussion of the topic under
consideration. Don't neglect to give some consideration to the bibliography
at the end of virtually all these sub-topics in chapter one that we will
cover here. These will provide helpful additional resources for a more
detailed study. Occasionally, additional assigned readings will show up
in some of these topics. These will come from internet based resources,
thus avoiding time consuming trips to the reserved section of the library
to read materials placed on closed reserve.
In general the issues treated under topic 1.3 will build on the foundation
laid in the two preceding topics of 1.1 and 1.2. Expect frequent reference,
both in Bray and in the class discussion, to this preceding material as
assumed understanding for the discussion at hand.
Understanding these foundational concepts in unit 1.0 will be critical
to making sense out of the various interpretative methodologies that have
surfaced over the past two millennium of New Testament interpretative history.
The above hyperlinks will take you directly to the sub-topic located in
its own separate page. This is intended to make downloading and/or printing
of these pages easier and less cumbersome since the individual pages will
be smaller than if lumped together in one huge document.
Gerald Bray, "Introduction: The purpose and method of this book,"
Interpretation: Past and Present, pp. 19-43