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Scriptural Interpretation: A Theological Exploration



Scriptural Interpretation: A Theological Exploration

Darren Sarisky

ISBN: 978-1-118-36744-5 August 2012 Wiley-Blackwell 296 Pages


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
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

Interview with Darren Sarisky - December 15th 2013