Word and Supplement: Speech Acts, Biblical Texts, and the Sufficiency of Scripture

Hardcover | August 1, 2002

byTimothy Ward

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What are Christians saying when they call the Bible the Word of God? How is that statement to be understood in relation to postmodernity's suspicion of meaning? Word and Supplement tackles these questions by bringing post-modern theory into critical dialogue with the often-neglected doctrineof the sufficiency of Scripture. The notion of the 'sufficiency' of a text, and the contrasting idea of the 'supplement(s)' which texts carry with them, together provide a sharp critical tool for analysing a variety of contemporary hermeneutical and doctrinal positions. Brought into this discussionare Derrida, from whom the idea of 'supplement' is borrowed, Barth, Frei, Fish, Hirsch, Hauerwas, Gadamer, Bakhtin, Fowl, Wolterstorff, Vanhoozer, Childs, and Warfield. Building especially on descriptions of language as action, Word and Supplement critically reconstructs 'the sufficiency ofScripture' as both a concept and a doctrine which must remain central to Christian theology and practice.

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What are Christians saying when they call the Bible the Word of God? How is that statement to be understood in relation to postmodernity's suspicion of meaning? Word and Supplement tackles these questions by bringing post-modern theory into critical dialogue with the often-neglected doctrineof the sufficiency of Scripture. The notion o...

Timothy Ward is an ordained Anglican minister at All Saints Church, Crowborough, East Sussex

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:342 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.89 inPublished:August 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199244383

ISBN - 13:9780199244386

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Development and Decline3. The Sufficiency of Divine Speech4. The Sufficiency of the Text5. The Sufficiency of the Canon6. Conclusion

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