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In this volume A. E. Harvey asks, Is the notion of "Holy Scripture" is still a credible way of describing the Christian Bible? In particular, in the light of modern critical study and postmodern literary theory, does the New Testament still qualify as a "holy" book?
Arguing that the New Testament must continually subject its credentials to examination for historical reliability, internal consistency, and general plausibility, Harvey tests the Bible's historical credibility and plausibility in seven concise chapters.
In dialogue with historical criticism, he compares the New Testament to other ancient documents, examines its presentation of Jesus, and considers the New Testament's validity as a moral guide in the twenty-first century.
Harvey's careful examination leads him to conclude that a good case can still be made for the New Testament's authority and "holiness," subject to continual reassessment in the light of further advances in understanding and criticism.
Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 160 Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches) ISBN: 0802868088 ISBN-13: 9780802868084 Availability: Usually ships in 24-48 hours.
Edited by R. Bauckham, D. Driver, T. Hart & N. MacDonald
This is a brilliant book. Anthony Harvey shows how thinking historically has changed our perceptions of scriptural authority, and he draws on his immense learning, lightly worn, to suggest how the Bible can inform and inspire Christians today...His sane, sober, and lucid grappling with contemporary problems leaves readers free to make up their own minds, armed with fresh considerations. It cannot be too strongly recommended.
Linacre College, Oxford
Can we embrace a modern critical approach to the New Testament and yet still regard it as 'Holy Scripture'? Anthony Harvey shows that the New Testament, when interrogated critically, is much more reliable and inspiring than many scholars think.
Oriel College, Oxford
"A timely and important book. With the grace, elegance, and profound but lightly worn scholarship that illuminate all of his writings, Harvey tackles head-on a subject of increasing centrality to theologians and New Testament scholars: how historical and therefore authoritatively 'holy' are the narratives and teachings about Jesus' ministry as recorded in the Gospels and by Paul?...Jews and Christians, believers and skeptics alike, will find these essays enlightening and of enormous value.
-David J. Goldberg
The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, London