This book invites readers to assume responsibility for their own interpretations of the Sermon on the Mount through a practice of "critical study of the Bible as scripture." Such a practice takes as a starting point the conclusions about "the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount for believers today," which Christian believers of all walks of life formulate for themselves, which non-Christian ordinary readers readily envision as they observe Christians, and which scholars imply in their sophisticated interpretations. Assuming responsibility for one's interpretation involves becoming aware that it results from a series of choices among equally legitimate and plausible options, and self-consciously deciding whether or not one wants to claim "it is the best for believers today" - or, for Christian interpreters, "I believe (credo) it is Word of God for us today." Through a series of exercises, readers - whether simple believers or scholars are invited first to formulate their own conclusions about teachings in the Sermon on the Mount and then to recognize the choices implied in their interpretations by comparing them with five kinds of readings proposed by scholars. "Daniel Patte shows respect for every interpretation, be it those of 'ordinary people' or those of scholars, and clarifies underlying presuppositions of each option. In a fascinating and new way, he relates critical insights to matters of faith, ultimately to help Christians affirm their credo as truly theirs." Christina Grenholm, Uppsala University Daniel M. Patte is Professor of New Testament at Vanderbilt University and the author of Discipleship according to the Sermon on the Mount (Trinity 1996).
."..a rich, optimistic, and challenging study in both its discussion of the [Sermon on the Mount] and in its commitment to faith-interpretations." Warren Carter, St.--Sanford Lakoff "Religious Studies Review " "Daniel Patte shows respect for every interpretation, be it those of ordinary people or those of scholars, and clarifies underlying presuppositions of each option. In a fascinating and new way, he relates critical insights to matters of faith, ultimately to help Christians affirm their credo as truly theirs." Christina Grenholm, Uppsala University--Sanford Lakoff "Daniel Patte invites the reader to engage a question of ultimate importance in New Testament scholarship, namely, the reciprocal influence of textual meaning and the reader through the meditation of praxis. This question and Patte s answers are significant now only for engagement with the text of the Sermon of the Mount but with New Testament texts in general." Sandra M. Schneiders, Jesuit School of Theology--Sanford Lakoff "Should be read and discussed in both seminary and church classrooms." Timothy B. Cargal, Northwood Presbyterian Church, Silver Spring, Maryland--Sanford Lakoff "Readers of any sacred text will be challenged by Patte s ecumenical call for believers to engage in ethically responsible interpretations of their own scripture." Fred W. Burnett, Anderson University--Sanford Lakoff "Breaks new ground in teaching and studying the Bible. Bringing multiple voices (interpretations) into conversation honors the diversity of the people of God and empowers readers to engage directly issues of faith, meaning, and discipleship. I highly recommend this book." Jack L. Seymour, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary--Sanford Lakoff "Extracts and condenses five representative readings from the morass of modern scholarship, making possible a vigorous dialogue between alternative interpretations. Patte s new scripture criticism will inform the emerging debate about the authority of scripture in the third millenium." Laurence L. Welborn, United Theological Seminary--Sanford Lakoff "The authority of any particular interpretation of a text, Patte says, may be considered only in the open discussion with peers who take into account not only the historic, linguistic, and theological meanings of a text, but also its significance when applied to a life situation. Such an inquiry is no simple matter, but then that is the challenge of discipleship." David W. Odell-Scott, Kent State University--Sanford Lakoff "Ministers or teachers who want to know the basic contours of current scholarship will find various approaches succinctly and fairly summarized by Patte... The value in Patte s study is found in the way he makes explicit the interpretive choices that lead to different, but plausible, formulations of the Sermon s teaching. In doing so, he challenges us to be responsible ethically for our readings... I enthusiastically commend this book." David B.--Sanford Lakoff "Interpretation "
|Introduction: A Critical Study of the New Testament as Scripture||p. 3|
|The Beatitudes as Scripture: The Teaching about Discipleship of Matthew 5:1-16 and 7:13-29|
|"Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit": The Beatitudes and Discipleship Today, Matthew 5:1-16 and 7:13-29||p. 25|
|Assuming Responsibility for Our Faith-Interpretations||p. 43|
|Discipleship as Doing God's Will and Our Faith-Interpretations of the Beatitudes||p. 64|
|Discipleship as Imitating Christ and Struggling for the Kingdom and Our Faith-Interpretations of the Beatitudes||p. 86|
|Assuming Responsibility for Our Views of Scripture and their Roles in our Interpretations of Matthew 5:17-48 and 7:12|
|Discipleship as Fulfilling Scripture: Matthew 5:17-48 and 7:12||p. 121|
|Teachings about Divorce and Not Resisting Evil (Part 1): Matthew 5:31-32, 38-42 as Lamp to My Feet, Canon, Good News, and Family Album||p. 136|
|Teachings about Divorce and Not Resisting Evil (Part 2): Matthew 5:31-32, 38-42 as Corrective Glasses and Empowering Word||p. 161|
|Choosing an Interpretation: The Challenge of Discipleship, Matthew 6:1-7:11||p. 190|
|Why a Critical Study of the New Testament as Scripture?||p. 211|
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Published: 14th September 1999
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0 x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1