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Life Together Family, Sexuality and Community in the New Testament and Today by Stephen C. Barton

Life Together Family, Sexuality and Community in the New Testament and Today


Life Together Family, Sexuality and Community in the New Testament and Today by Stephen C. Barton

In these wide-ranging studies, Stephen Barton shows that Christian theology and the Christian scriptures have a vital contribution to make to contemporary wisdom about our common life. The subjects he addresses are relevant to the concerns of many people today. What he has to say about the family, sexuality, community and biblical interpretation is both informative and creative. Running through the book is the issue of the appropriate use of the Bible: how the sacred text may speak in ways which are life-giving. Stephen Barton claims that questions about the interpretation of the Bible have to be set in the larger context of what it means to be the church. A central argument i that the Bible is the kind of text the truth of whose witness is discovered above all in the lives of individuals and communities seeking to share by grace in the life of the Trinity.


'This is a passionate and committed text from a scholar who's thought deeply about one of the most pressing issues for contemporary Christians; 'How may the ancient text of the Bible speak to us today as Christian Scripture?' - Heather Walton, The Epworth Review '... if you want a writer who helps you think for yourself - and who has, incidentally, a splendid fluent and readable style - try this.'

About the Author

Dr Stephen C. Barton is Senior Lecturer in New Testament, University of Durham

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Publication date

1st January 2005


Stephen C. Barton

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


272 pages


Biblical studies & exegesis



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