Biblical Truths: The Meaning Of Scripture In The Twenty-first Century

Hardcover | February 21, 2017

byDale B. Martin

not yet rated|write a review
A leading biblical scholar’s landmark work challenges the historical realism that has dominated the discipline for more than two centuries

How can a modern person, informed by science and history, continue to recite the traditional creeds and confessions of the Christian church? What does the Bible mean and how do we verify biblical truths? In this groundbreaking book, a leading biblical scholar urges readers to be more creative interpreters of biblical texts, mapping out an alternative way of reading that is not first and foremost about understanding what those texts would have meant for the original authors and readers.
 
Limiting our study to the ancient meaning of the text, he argues, has produced either bad history, or bad theology, or both. One cannot derive robustly orthodox Christian doctrine or theology from a mere “historical” interpretation of the Bible. Martin offers instead theological readings of the New Testament that are faithful to Christian orthodoxy as generally understood, but without attempting a “foundationalist” understanding of the meaning of the text. His provocative and ambitious book demonstrates how theology and scripture can remain vital in the twenty-first century.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$52.00

Pre-order online
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

A leading biblical scholar’s landmark work challenges the historical realism that has dominated the discipline for more than two centuries How can a modern person, informed by science and history, continue to recite the traditional creeds and confessions of the Christian church? What does the Bible mean and how do we verify biblical tr...

Dale B. Martin is Woolsey Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His numerous books include New Testament History and Literature. He lives in New Haven, CT.

other books by Dale B. Martin

Trappers Bible: Traps, Snares & Pathguards: Traps, Snares, and Pathguards
Trappers Bible: Traps, Snares & Pathguards: Traps, Snar...

Paperback|Feb 1 1987

$17.86 online$27.50list price(save 35%)
Sex And The Single Savior: Gender And Sexuality In Biblical Interpretation
Sex And The Single Savior: Gender And Sexuality In Bibl...

Paperback|Apr 15 2006

$29.45 online$39.00list price(save 24%)
Pedagogy Of The Bible: An Analysis And Proposal
Pedagogy Of The Bible: An Analysis And Proposal

Paperback|Jul 3 2008

$25.38 online$32.50list price(save 21%)
see all books by Dale B. Martin
Format:HardcoverDimensions:408 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 1.06 inPublished:February 21, 2017Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300222831

ISBN - 13:9780300222838

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Biblical Truths: The Meaning Of Scripture In The Twenty-first Century

Reviews

Extra Content

Editorial Reviews

“Dale Martin's Biblical Truths marks an outstanding contribution to theological interpretation. Hermeneutical sophistication, historical acuity, and theological sensitivity converge in a readable, persuasive, and sound exposition of Scripture.”—A. K. M. Adam, University of Oxford