In Scriptural Interpretation, Sarisky brilliantly draws together Patristic Theology and a theological interpretation of Scripture in the modern day, to examine Scripture s central place in the life of the Church and ordinary believers. * Examines the importance of scriptural interpretation in the life of Christians and of the church * Draws together two lively discussions: a study of the theology of the Cappadocian fathers, and a discussion of theological interpretation of Scripture in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries * Covers an impressive historical range, from Basil of Caesarea right up to the work of the major contemporary thinkers, Stanley Hauerwas and Rowan Williams * Offers a sophisticated understanding of many Patristic thinkers an area of huge current interest in the field and challenges accepted readings of the theology of Basil of Caesarea
Darren Sarisky is a Junior Research Fellow at Homerton College, University of Cambridge. He previously served as a Teaching Associate in Doctrine at the University of Cambridge Divinity Faculty. Dr Sarisky s primary area of research is the nature and interpretation of Christian Scripture.
Preface and Acknowledgments ix Editions and Translations xii Abbreviations xv Introduction 1 Part I: Basil of Caesarea 6 Part II: Contemporary and Constructive Theology 27 Summary of the Argument 33 Part I Basil of Caesarea 35 1 The Reader A Little Lower than the Angels 37 Angels: Perfect upon Creation 38 Humanity: Perfected over Time 42 2 The Text Scriptural Paideia 71 Anthropological Context 72 Revelation 74 Theological Account of Scripture 77 The Utility of Scripture 85 3 Reading Eschatological Interpretation 90 Theological Analysis of Reading 92 The End of Reading 104 4 Ecclesial Setting Exegesis and Ecclesial Dogma 111 A Concise History of Reception for De Spiritu Sancto 27 113 Background to De Spiritu Sancto: The Notion of Craft 114 A Reading of De Spiritu Sancto 27 117 Conclusion to Part I: Basil s Theological Account of Scriptural Interpretation 129 Part II Contemporary and Constructive Theology 133 Introduction to Part II: The Contemporary Debate 135 5 The Reader Restoring a Sense of the End 140 The Critique of Modernity 141 Narrative and Human Nature 145 6 The Text Scripture in the Flow of Time 159 Revelation and Generativity 161 A Text in Time 162 7 Reading Interpretation and the Time of Learning 173 Reading as Shaped by Models of Scripture 174 The Contour of the Time of Learning 176 8 Ecclesial Setting Practices Performed in Community 184 The Ecclesial Framework 187 Interpretation Situated in a Web of Practices 189 9 A Constructive Account of Scriptural Interpretation 201 Reader 205 Text 212 Reading 217 Ecclesial Setting 224 Conclusion 234 Bibliography 245 Index 265