Figured Out: Typology and Providence in Christian Scripture  -     By: Christopher R. Seitz
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Figured Out: Typology and Providence in Christian Scripture

Westminster John Knox Press / 2001 / Paperback

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How we read the Bible and what we "discover" there are inseparably linked. Scholarship's focus on the historical setting has left the Bible "figured out." By moving beyond modernity's obsession with historical readings, Seitz seeks to recover a figural/typological approach to both Testaments-one that shapes a truly theological understanding of Scripture.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2001
Dimensions: 8.5 X 6 X 1 (inches)
ISBN: 0664222684
ISBN-13: 9780664222680

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Publisher's Description

All of our attempts to find the historical backgrounds to texts have led us to believe that we have "figured out" the Bible. Steering a course between modernity's obsession with historical readings and fundamentalism's compulsion for ahistorical readings, Christopher Seitz recovers a figural/typological approach to both the Old and New Testament that shapes a theological understanding of Scripture. Figured Out examines the loss of figural assumptions and models another way forward.

Author Bio

Christopher R. Seitz is Professor of Old Testament and Theological Studies at the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland. He is the author or editor of eight books including Figured Out: Typology, Providence and Christian Scripture and Nicene Christianity: The Future for a New Ecumenism.

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  1. Toronto, ON
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Collection of Essays, not Introductory Textbook
    January 18, 2012
    Toronto, ON
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I'm only writing this review to counter-balance the other reviewer's poor review. This is a book about typology and providence, but not only about those things. It is about how typology and providence in the Scriptures unite the Two Testaments of the Bible and still have relevance for the Church today. Just because the previous reviewer got something he wasn't expecting does not mean it is a poorly-written or misinformed book - it simply means that the reviewer should have done some more research and bought a book dealing with his area of interest! Perhaps CBD could give a better description of the book - so that the previous review wasn't so much about the book as about how it was represented by CBD.

    In any case, the book is a collection of essays that Christopher Seitz had written, with essays arranged into two major sections. The first section is titled "Christian Scripture, Figured Out," and contains two essays dealing with how to navigate the theological crisis a two-testament Bible has had in the 19th and 20th centuries. This is followed by three essays dealing with how Anglicanism has handled these topics in recent publications. Seitz is an active theologian in the Anglican church, and to give the book poor ratings because he interacts with important publications/topics in his denomination is irresponsible. I am not an Anglican myself, and really did not gain much from these three essays, but I can at least appreciate the fact that Seitz is concerned about the theological direction his denomination is taking.

    The second section is titled, "Two Testaments, One Scripture, One God," and deals far more with biblical material (six essays) than Anglicanism (one essay). Essays focus on the book of John and the picture of Jesus in the Gospels; Jesus and the book of Isaiah; the Rule of Faith and interpretation of the Old Testament; the name of YHWH in the Old and New Testaments; Christian Scripture and Mission; and Prayer in the Old Testament.

    This book certainly isn't your go-to book on the basic definitions of "typology," or "figuration," or "providence," but it is a book that makes you think about some of the more difficult areas of biblical interpretation once you have read something about those basic concepts. Per usual, Seitz' style of writing is fairly dense, but packed with important insights. It is probably not the book for the beginner, but if want a book that isn't afraid to think critically about trouble spots in Christian interpretation, then this is your book.
  2. Alabama
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Book is misrepresented by its title and summary.
    February 10, 2011
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 3
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    I was looking for a book on Typology, as opposed to textual criticism. The books spends some time on historical hermeneutics, considerable time on whether or not the Anglican church should bless same sex unions, and some other things. It is of no value to me. It has very little to do with its title or description.
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