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Publisher's Summary

The interpretation of scripture has depended largely on the view of history held by theologians and exegetes. In Participatory Biblical Exegesis, Matthew Levering examines the changing views of history that distinguish patristic and medieval biblical exegesis from modern historical-critical exegesis.

Levering argues for a delicate interpretive balance in which history is understood both as a process that participates in God's creative and redemptive presence and as a set of linear moments. He identifies a split between theological and historical interpretations of scripture beginning in the High Middle Ages, considerably earlier than the emergence of historical-critical methods in the 17th and 18th centuries. Instead, he offers a vision of scripture that is rooted in the exegetical practice of St. Thomas Aquinas and his sources but embraces historical-critical research as well.

Participatory Biblical Exegesis provides an original theological basis for critical exegesis. It integrates the work of contemporary exegetes, philosophers, theologians, and historians to provide a compelling vision of biblical interpretation.

The book is published by University of Notre Dame Press.

©2008 University of Notre Dame (P)2017 Redwood Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Interest in the patristic and medieval traditions of biblical interpretation has been growing in the last decade, in both Protestant and Catholic circles. Levering's book is a sophisticated and detailed contribution to the approach." ( Theological Studies)
"Stands out from the ever-growing mass of books on bibliography by offering a cogent pathology of contemporary biblical exegesis, which manages to free itself from the quagmire of hermeneutical theory." ( European Journal of Theology)
"An excellent example of [Levering's] wide-ranging interests and ability to synthesize exegetical, historical, philosophical, and systematic theological discussions." ( Pro Ecclesia)

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