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By John Webster

ISBN-10: 0567212947

ISBN-13: 9780567212948

The ebook brings jointly a suite of comparable reviews at the nature of Scripture and of Christian theology through probably the most well-liked representatives of Protestant theology of our time. After a quick advent at the surroundings of the ebook and its significant topics, the 1st a part of the amount examines themes at the nature and interpretation of Scripture. A accomplished suggestion approximately Scripture and its interpretation is by way of a research of Scripture because the embassy of the risen Christ, and by way of 3 similar chapters reading the ways that generally diverse significant smooth theologians (Barth, T.F. Torrance and Rowan Williams) have understood the character and interpretation of the Bible. The moment a part of the amount makes a cumulative notion in regards to the nature and projects of Christian theology, studying the elemental rules of systematic theology, the designated position and scope of cause in Christian theology, the relation of theology to the arts, and the vocation of theology to advertise the peace of the church.

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Yet in this situation, the divine Word is victor. Verbum Domini manet in aeternum: even the reality of creaturely alienation from the Word stands beneath this promise. God’s revelatory self-gift is not hindered by the initial absence of reception, because it is an effective Word. If there is a false hermeneutical optimism which fails to admit the intellect’s defection, there is a no less false hermeneutical pessimism which fails to admit the continuing missions of Word and Spirit in overcoming that defection: ‘the deaf shall hear the words of a book, and out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind shall see’ (Isa.

No language of divine action is required for determining what the texts are, for they are essentially ‘historical’ entities. They are to be conceived as the products of human religious agency, occupying and doing their work in an immanently conceived communicative field. As such, investigation of their natural properties and the natural properties of the agents of their production, dissemination and interpretation, is sufficient. To such investigations, evaluations of their religious significance may be contingently attached, but must remain subsidiary to the definition of what the biblical texts are.

II Jesus Christ lives. Whatever further claims may be made about the resurrection of Jesus, and whatever consequences it may be necessary to draw from the primitive Christian confession that ‘God raised him from the dead’ (Rom. 9), they can only be a repetition, expansion or confirmation of the primary reality, namely that Jesus Christ is ‘the living one’ (Rev. 18). As the living one, Jesus is alive with divine life. His resurrection is thus not simply the prolongation of creaturely existence, but the demonstration of the fact that in him there is life, that he has life in and from himself, in semetipso and so a se.

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