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|Title: Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels|
By: Richard B. Hays
Number of Pages: 524
Vendor: Baylor University Press
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 9.0 X 6.3 X 1.8 (inches)|
Weight: 1 pound 10 ounces
Stock No: WW305242
The claim that the events of Jesus life, death, and resurrection took place "according to the Scriptures" stands at the heart of the New Testaments message. All four canonical Gospels declare that the Torah and the Prophets and the Psalms mysteriously prefigure Jesus. The author of the Fourth Gospel states this claim succinctly: in his narrative, Jesus declares, "If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me" (John 5:46). Yet modern historical criticism characteristically judges that the New Testaments christological readings of Israels Scripture misrepresent the original sense of the texts; this judgment forces fundamental questions to be asked: Why do the Gospel writers read the Scriptures in such surprising ways? Are their readings intelligible as coherent or persuasive interpretations of the Scriptures? Does Christian faith require the illegitimate theft of someone elses sacred texts?
Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels answers these questions. Richard B. Hays chronicles the dramatically different ways the four Gospel writers interpreted Israels Scripture and reveals that their readings were as complementary as they were faithful. In this long-awaited sequel to his Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul, Hays highlights the theological consequences of the Gospel writers distinctive hermeneutical approaches and asks what it might mean for contemporary readers to attempt to read Scripture through the eyes of the Evangelists. In particular, Hays carefully describes the Evangelists practice of figural readingan imaginative and retrospective move that creates narrative continuity and wholeness. He shows how each Gospel artfully uses scriptural echoes to re-narrate Israels story, to assert that Jesus is the embodiment of Israels God, and to prod the church in its vocation to engage the pagan world.
Hays shows how the Evangelists summon readers to a conversion of their imagination. The Evangelists use of scriptural echo beckons readers to believe the extraordinary: that Jesus was Israels Messiah, that Jesus is Israels God, and that contemporary believers are still on mission. The Evangelists, according to Hays, are training our scriptural senses, calling readers to be better scriptural people by being better scriptural poets.
Richard B. Hays, George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School, is internationally recognized for his work on the letters of Paul and on New Testament ethics. His scholarship has bridged the disciplines of biblical criticism and literary studies, exploring the innovative ways in which early Christian writers interpreted Israels Scripture. His works include Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul (Yale University Press, 1989), The Conversion of the Imagination: Paul as Interpreter of Israels Scripture (Eerdmans, 2005), and Reading Backwards: Figural Christology and the Fourfold Gospel Witness (Baylor University Press, 2014).
A precious book that presents a learned proposal for the figural interpretation of the Synoptics and John.
This is a book to be savored, not rushed through like fast food. At one point, Hays describes the benefit of reading Johns narrative attentively. This book demonstrates Hayss attentive reading of the evangelists interpreting and using Scripture Hayss work will be useful for those studying one or more of the Gospels and for those researching the use of the Scriptures of Israel in the NT. Failure to engage with Hays would be a mistake.
This is a superb and important book for a truly Christian way of understanding the Scriptures.
There is subtlety and depth here, achieved only through extensive awareness of Israels Scriptures and the ways they can be reconfigured in the Gospels.
Combined with the detailed analysis of possible verbal correspondences in various texts, Hays offers a richly theological reading of the Gospels that will be of great benefit to preachers.
Hays promises the reader an examination of the Evangelists hermeneutics and delivers so much morethe veritable foundation, outline and central details for a biblical theology of the Gospels.
The conclusions [Hays] draws will empower contemporary believers to see the messianic threads of the Bible as an ongoing mission. This is a fine, convincing work of scholarship on a delicate theological topic.
A lucid, perceptive, well-researched, and accessible book
What cannot be overstated about Hays' book is the fresh way in which his methodology elucidates nuanced meaning in the Gospels as echoes of the larger story of Israel while also offering plain interpretation of standard passages. Hays' work in figural echoing is innovative, whisking a Gospel reader into other parts of scripture against standard hermeneutical practice such as grammatical-historic approaches.
Everyone should read Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels; it is a masterpiece in figural interpretation.
In this much anticipated project, Hays does for the Gospels what he previously and famously did for Paul. He investigates how the four evangelists, each in a distinctive way, operated as biblical interpreters, bearing witness to Jesus and his gospel in light of the Old Testaments witness.
This is a remarkable book for the many fresh lines of interpretative possibilities that Hays presents.