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Theology, History, and Literature

Robert Morgan and John Barton

in Biblical Interpretation

Published in print September 1988 | ISBN: 9780192132567
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191670060 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192132567.003.0006

Series: Oxford Bible Series

Theology, History, and Literature

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Earlier chapters have suggested that theological interests have not merely been residually present in modern historical scholarship, but have fuelled it. That is no longer so plainly the case today. A secular culture has finally produced a genuinely non-theological biblical scholarship. But this does not exclude the majority interest in the Bible. It simply sharpens our question of the relationship between historical or literary studies on the one hand, and theological reflection on the biblical witness on the other. This chapter seeks to throw light on that issue by drawing from the earlier discussions an account of the relationship of faith and reason in Christians' use of the Bible. What emerges provides some theological justification for the recent turn to literary approaches.

Keywords: biblical scholarship; theology; historical scholarship; faith; reason; Bible

Chapter.  12422 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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