In 2005 A.J. Jacobs attempted to spend one year following Scripture, both Old and New, as literally as possible. Predictably, some of the results turned out to be as absurd as is the attempt. Yet, Jacobs' attempt points out how difficult it can really be to translate the Bible from original intent to practical practice today. Academia, with its emphasis on the original meaning and context in many ways has not helped this process but only made it more difficult to treat the text as it is a living, powerful, and life transformative reality. In this book Four Views On Moving Beyond the Bible to Theology major Evangelical scholars Walter Kaiser, Daniel Doriani, Kevin Vanhoozer, and William Webb, all grapple with this difficult subject in their own ways suggesting ways we can get beyond a text that simply tells us something, to making those texts become living realities. Highly recommended for Biblical Interpretation courses of all kinds, especially those wishing to encourage good interpretive principals and theological development, as well as Pastors.
Four Views on Moving Beyond the Bible to Theology guides students and pastors to consider and evaluate the various ways Christians apply biblical texts to contemporary questions. Four different scholars present their preferred interpretive models in point-counterpoint style, and three additional authors follow with their own perspectives on questions of moving from Scripture to theology.
Stanley N. Gundry is executive vice president and editor-in-chief for the Zondervan Corporation. He has been an influential figure in the Evangelical Theological Society, serving as president of ETS and on its executive committee, and is adjunct professor of Historical Theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He is the author of seven books and has written many articles appearing in popular and academic periodicals.
Dr. Gary T. Meadors (ThD, Grace Theological Seminary) was professor of Greek and New Testament at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He is author of Decision Making Gods Way and a contributor to the Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology. Dr. Meadors and his wife, Gloria Jean, have been married since 1967 and reside in Ft. Myers, Florida.