Pietersen argues that for too long the Old Testament has been the primary source for Christian ethics and the letters of Paul for Christian discipleship. Without disparaging these sources the author suggests that the church in a postmodern, post-Christian society needs to look at Scripture with a different focus. This book seeks to examine what reading the Bible might look like in the current period when the church is no longer central and the Christian story is not well known.
'This is a provocative and refreshing exploration of the possibilities inherent i[1;5Cn reading Scripture from the margins, rather than from within the compromised and rapidly receding structures of Christendom. A worthy addition to the challenging After Christendom series, Lloyd Pietersen's thoughtful work moves the discussion forward in ways that are at times controversial, at other times stretching, but at all times constructive. Highly recommended!'
- Brian Harris, Principal, Vose Seminary, Perth Australia
Lloyd Pietersen is Senior Lecturer and Research Coordinator in New Testament Studies at the University of Gloucester, UK.
Lloyd has an MA and PhD from the University of Sheffield. His PhD traced the development of Pauline communities, as represented in the Pastoral Epistles, from the first to the second and subsequent generations. This was published in the Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement Series as The Polemic of the Pastorals (T & T Clark, 2004). He was previously a part-time Research Fellow in the Department of Theology & Religious Studies at the University of Bristol where he taught both New Testament and Anabaptist Studies.
He currently serves on the national steering group of the Anabaptist Network in Great Britain and Ireland. His research interests include the Pastoral Epistles, sociological approaches to NT interpretation, Anabaptist hermeneutics and biblical spirituality. He is also involved in a research project with Professors Andrew Lincoln and Gordon McConville on the Bible and Spirituality.
Lloyd is a member of the British New Testament Society and has served as its Treasurer since 2004. He co-chairs the Social World of the New Testament Seminar at its annual conference. He is also a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality and the British Sociological Association.