Tradition and Imagination: Revelation and Change

Paperback | August 19, 2004

byDavid Brown

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Tradition and revelation are often seen as opposites: tradition is viewed as secondary and reactionary in relation to revelation which is a one-off gift from God. Drawing on examples from Christian history, Judaism, Islam, and theclassical world this book challenges these definitions and presents a controversial examination of the effect history and cultural development has on religious belief: its narratives and art.David Brown pays close attention to the nature of the relationship between historical and imaginative truth, and focuses on the way stories from the Bible have not stood still but are subject to imaginative 'rewriting'. This rewriting is explained as a natural consequence of the interaction betweenreligion and history: God speaks to humanity through the imagination, and human imagination is influenced by historical context. It is the imagination that ensures that religion continues to develop in new and challenging ways.

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Tradition and revelation are often seen as opposites: tradition is viewed as secondary and reactionary in relation to revelation which is a one-off gift from God. Drawing on examples from Christian history, Judaism, Islam, and theclassical world this book challenges these definitions and presents a controversial examination of the effe...

David Brown is Van Mildert Professor of Divinity in the University of Durham.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:410 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.93 inPublished:August 19, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199275912

ISBN - 13:9780199275915

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Table of Contents

One: Tradition as Revelation1. Narrative and Enlightenment: The Challenge of Postmodernism2. The Hermeneutics of Pentecost and Crib3. Continuing Revelation: Learning from Judaism and IslamTwo: The Moving Text4. Heroic Transformations in the Classical World5. Victim into Saint: Patriarchal RetellingsThree: Christ: Change and Imagination6. Divine Accommodation7. Art as RevelationConclusion: Post/modernism and Engagement

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`We can be sure that this book and its sequel will play a hugely significant role in the debates of the decades ahead.'Theology