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Heaven on Earth?: Theological Interpretation in Ecumenical Dialogue

Heaven on Earth?: Theological Interpretation in Ecumenical Dialogue

Hans Boersma (Editor), Matthew Levering (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-55192-9

Mar 2013

244 pages

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$34.95

Description

This collection assembles essays by eleven leading Catholic and evangelical theologians in an ecumenical discussion of the benefits – and potential drawbacks – of today’s burgeoning corpus of theological interpretation. The authors explore the critical relationship between the earthly world and its heavenly counterpart.

  • Ground-breaking volume of ecumenical debate featuring Catholic and evangelical theologians
  • Explores the core theological issue of how the material and spiritual worlds interrelate
  • Features a diversity of analytical approaches
  • Addresses an urgent need to distinguish the positive and problematic aspects of today’s rapidly growing corpus of theological interpretation

Introduction: Spiritual Interpretation and Realigned Temporality 1
HANS BOERSMA and MATTHEW LEVERING

Part I—Reading the Fathers 11

1 “In Many and Various Ways”: Towards A Theology of Theological Exegesis 13
BRIAN E. DALEY, SJ

2 “There’s Fire in That Rain”: On Reading the Letter and Reading Allegorically 33
LEWIS AYRES

3 Origen against History? Reconsidering the Critique of Allegory 53
PETER W. MARTENS

4 “This Is the Day Which the Lord Has Made”: Scripture, Manumission, and the Heavenly Future in Saint Gregory of Nyssa 75
HANS BOERSMA

Part II—Reading Scripture 91

5 Imperial Lover: The Unveiling of Jesus Christ in Revelation 93
PETER J. LEITHART

6 Translation and Transcendence: The Fragile Future of Spiritual Interpretation 109
DAVID LYLE JEFFREY

7 Readings on the Rock: Typological Exegesis in Contemporary Scholarship 129
MATTHEW LEVERING

Part III—Reading in Contemporary Context 155

8 The Self-Critique of the Historical-Critical Method: Cardinal Ratzinger’s Erasmus Lecture 157
MICHAEL MARIA WALDSTEIN

9 Profi ling Christ: The Psalms of Abandonment 173
FRANCESCA A. MURPHY

10 Reading the Book of the Church: Bonhoeffer’s Christological Hermeneutics 189
JENS ZIMMERMANN

11 “Ascending the Mountain, Singing the Rock: Biblical Interpretation Earthed, Typed, and Transfigured” 207
KEVIN J. VANHOOZER

Index 231