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The Bible and the Crisis of Meaning Debates on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture by Christopher Spinks

The Bible and the Crisis of Meaning Debates on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture


The Bible and the Crisis of Meaning Debates on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture by Christopher Spinks

Many of the most pressing issues in theology and the church today depend greatly on the understanding of the Bible. Recent debates on the theological interpretation of scripture have emerged which consider whether the meaning of scripture should concern theologians and church leaders at all. The Bible and the Crisis of Meaning is an account of these debates in examining the concept of meaning in current proposals of theological interpretation. The concept of meaning is educed either from the supposed nature of the texts and their authors or from the function of the texts in religious communities. Thus, approaches to theological interpretation become debates between ontological and pragmatic strategists. Stephen Fowl and Kevin Vanhoozer have embraced the term theological interpretation for their separate projects, but their ideas of what this means and how meaning is a part of it, differ greatly. Christopher Spinks describes their respective concepts of meaning and argues for a more holistic concept that allows theological interpreters to understand their craft not so much as a discovery of intentions or the creation of interests but as a conversation in which truth is mediated.


Review in International Review of Biblical Studies, vol. 54:2007/08 The book is well written, based on incredibly wide reading, always lucid. Sean McEvenue, Theoforum Vol. 39, No. 3, 2008 --Sanford Lakoff

About the Author

Christopher Spinks completed his PhD at Fuller Theological Seminary in 2006. He currently serves as the Assistant to the Dean in the School of Theology at Fuller, USA.

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Publication date

23rd August 2007


Christopher Spinks

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T.& T.Clark Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


176 pages


Biblical studies & exegesis



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