Is the Bible just a book of ancient Israelite and Christian history and practices to be read? Or are we engaging in a more interactive practice when we study God's word? Jeannine K. Brown believes that communication is at the heart of what we do when we open the Bible, that we are actively engaging God in a conversation that can be life changing. By learning about how Scripture communicates, modern readers can extract much more meaning out of the text than they could if simply reading the Bible as though it was a list of rules or a collection of stories. In Scripture as Communication, Brown offers professors, students, church leaders, and laity a basic guide to the theory and practice of biblical interpretation, helping them understand our engagement with Scriptures as primarily a communicative act.
Jeannine K. Brown (PhD, Luther Seminary) is associate professor of New Testament and associate academic dean at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is the author of The Disciples in Narrative Perspective: The Portrayal and Function of the Matthean Disciples and contributed to The Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary.
Introduction: Scripture as Communicative Act Part 1: Theoretical Perspectives on Scripture as Communication 1. Terminology and Context for Hermeneutics 2. A Communication Model of Hermeneutics 3. Authors, Texts, Readers: Historical Movements and Reactions 4. Some Affirmations about Meaning from a Communication Model 5. Developing Textual Meaning: Implications, Effects, and Other Ways of Going "Beyond" 6. An Invitation to Active Engagement: The Reader and the Bible Part 2: Practical Guidance for Interpreting Scripture as Communication 7. Genre and Communication 8. The Language of the Bible 9. The Social World of the Bible 10. Literary Context, Intertextuality, and Canon 11. Conceptualizing Contextualization 12. Contextualization: Understanding Scripture Incarnationally Appendix A: Exegesis Guidelines Appendix B: Historical Criticism Appendix C: Parallelism in Hebrew Poetry Appendix D: Epistles: Following an Author's Flow of Thought Appendix E: How to Go about Topical Studies Bibliography