The New Testament: Methods and Meanings
The New Testament: Methods and Meanings  -     By: Amy-Jill Levine, Warren Carter
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* Throughout history, the New Testament has been understood in often diverse and conflicting ways. In this semester-long introduction, Levine and Carter explore various viewpoints that have been brought to bear on the text---including historical-critical, traditional, colonial, multicultural, sociological, and feminist---to show how scholarly interpretation can be both constructive and threatening to the church. 375 pages, softcover from Abingdon.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 375
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1426741901
ISBN-13: 9781426741906

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In this concise, accessible book, Warren Carter and A.J. Levine introduce three aspects of New Testament study: the world of the text (plots, characters, setting, and themes), the world behind the text (the concerns, circumstances, and experiences of the early Christian communities), and the world in front of the text (the meaning for contemporary readers). As students engage the New Testament, they face a central issue that has confronted all students before them, namely, that these texts have been and are read in diverse and often quite conflicting ways. These multiple readings involve different methods: historical-critical, traditional (history of interpretation), colonial, multicultural, and sociological, with feminist and liberationist implications for the first-century readers as well as the ongoing implications for today's reader. For example, Carter and Levine show how a text can be used by both colonizer and colonized, feminist and anti-feminist, or pro- and anti-Jewish. The authors also show how scholarly work can be both constructive and threatening to the contemporary Church and how polemical texts can be used, whether for religious study, theological reflection, or homiletical practice.

Author Bio

Warren Carter is Professor of New Testament at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, with a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Before moving to Brite in 2007, he taught for 17 years at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. His scholarly work has focused on the gospels of Matthew and John, and he has focused on the issue of the ways in which early Christians negotiated the Roman empire. In addition to numerous scholarly articles, he is the author of many books including The Roman Empire and the New Testament; What Does Revelation Reveal?; The New Testament: Methods and Meanings (with Amy-Jill Levine); and God in the New Testament published by Abingdon Press. He has also contributed to numerous church resources and publications and is a frequent speaker at scholarly and church conferences.

Amy-Jill Levine is E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. She is the author of numerous books and articles on Christian origins, anti-Jewish theologies, feminism, formative Judaism, and the search for the "Historical Jesus." She has written The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus, edited a twelve-volume series, the Feminist Companions to the New Testament and Early Christian Literature, and been awarded grants from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies.

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