This is the first volume of a three volume collection which collates the most important published papers of James Barr (1924-2006). The papers deal with questions of theology (especially biblical theology), biblical interpretation and ideas about biblical inspiration and authority, and questions to do with biblical Hebrew and Greek, along with several lexicographical studies, essays and obituaries on major figures in the history of biblical interpretation, and a number of important reviews. Many of pieces collected here have hitherto been available only in journals and hard-to-access collections.
This collection will prove indispensable for anyone seeking a rounded picture of Barr's work. It incorporates work from every period of his academic life, and includes a number of discussions of fundamentalism and conservative biblical interpretation. Some pieces also shed light on less well-known aspects of Barr's work, such as his abiding interest in biblical chronology. Barr's characteristic incisive, clear, and forthright style is apparent throughout the collection.
The three volumes are thematically compiled. Each is accompanied by an introduction by John Barton, providing a guide to the contents.
Volume 1 begins with a biographical essay by Ernest Nicholson and John Barton. It contains major articles on theology in relation to the Bible, programmatic studies of the past and future of biblical study, and reflections on specific topics in the study of the Old Testament.
Volume 2 is concerned with detailed biblical interpretation and with the history of the discipline. It also contains material on biblical fundamentalism.
Volume 3 is a collection of Barr's extensive papers on linguistic matters relating to Biblical Hebrew and Greek, and to biblical translation in the ancient and the modern world.
John Barton: Foreword
Ernest Nicholson & John Barton: James Barr Remembered
John Barton: Introduction
I: Biblical Interpretation and Biblical Theology
1: Does Biblical Study still belong to Theology?
2: Biblical Scholarship and the Unity of the Church
3: Historical Reading and the Theological Interpretation of Scripture
4: The Bible as a Document of Believing Communities
5: Some Thoughts on Narrative, Myth and Incarnation
6: Reading the Bible as Literature
7: Divine Action and Hebrew Wisdom
8: Biblical Scholarship and the Theory of Truth
10: Exegesis as a Theological Discipline Reconsidered, and the Shadow of the Jesus of History
11: Biblical Criticism as Theological Enlightenment
12: Jowett and the Reading of the Bible like any other book
13: The Bible as a Political Document
14: Revelation through History in the Old Testament and in Modern Theology
15: Semantics and Biblical Theology
16: Story and History in Biblical Theology
17: Biblical Theology
18: Biblical Theology and Revelation in History: Dictionary Definitions
19: Trends and Prospects in Biblical Theology
20: The Theological Case against Biblical Theology
21: Some Problems in the Search for a Pan-Biblical Theology
22: Predictions and Surprises: A Response to Walter Brueggemann's Review
II: Authority of Scripture
23: Has the Bible any Authority?
24: Biblical Hermeneutics in Ecumenical Discussion
25: The Authority of Scripture
26: Scriptural Proof
27: The Authority of Scripture: The Book of Genesis and the Origin of Evil in Jewish and Christian Tradition
28: Review of William J. Abraham, Divine Revelation and the Limits of Historical Criticism
29: Judaism: Its Continuity with the Bible
IV: Natural Theology
30: Biblical Faith and Natural Theology
31: Mowinckel, the Old Testament, and the Question of Natural Theology
32: Biblical Law and the Question of Natural Theology
33: Greek Culture and the Question of Natural Theology
34: Ancient Biblical Laws and Modern Human Rights
V: Environing Religions
35: Philo of Byblos and his 'Phoenician History'
36: The Question of Religious Influence: The Case of Zoroastrianism, Judaism and Christianity
37: The Language of Religion
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 608
Published: 7th March 2013
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.3
Weight (kg): 1.056