Christological Literalism: Reading Job in the Company of Gregory the Great

Speaker(s): Dan Treier, Jason Byassee
Date: Sept 16-17 2011
Length: 85 min
Product ID: RGDL4121B

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Christological Literalism: Reading Job in the Company of Gregory the Great - Jason Byassee

Mr. Byassee's paper will attend to how Gregory the Great says we should read Scripture and how he himself does so, with special attention to his exegesis of Job. Reading this scripture in the company of this interpretive guide yields a reading that makes a great deal of sense - on ecclesial grounds. How will our reading for the sake of the church look different if Gregory's hermeneutics and exegesis of this particular text are right?

Pursuing Wisdom: Toward Evangelical Spiritual Exegesis - Dan Treier

Trying to heal a widening evangelical breach between ordinary saints and biblical/theological scholars, this paper commends "wisdom" as a key theme for spiritual exegesis by reflecting upon the writing of the Proverbs and Ecclesiastes volume in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible. Elements of three passages (Prov 8:22-36; Eccl4:9-12; Eccl7:23-29) elicit and illustrate a sapiential- and-scientific approach to spiritual exegesis: appreciating both the classic and critical traditions; pursuing figural reading; and pondering apparent textual problems. Such wisdom involves receiving gifts from classic, non-evangelical sources and offering them to fellow evangelicals, but also testifying of gifts from within the evangelical spiritual family: at their best, evangelicals continue to recognize what is at stake in reading the Bible as Scripture, with head and heart and hands.. . together.
These papers are also available as part of the complete set of presentations from the conference, Heaven on Earth: The Future of Spiritual Interpretation.

See All Audio by Dan Treier Jason Byassee

Daniel Treier is Blandchard Professor of Theology at Wheaton College. He is the author of three books and the co-editor of nine more, including The Cambridge Companion of Evangelical Theology.

Jason Byassee is a fellow in theology and leadership at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity and is Senior Pastor at Boone United Methodist Church, NC. He is author of The Gifts of the Small Church, Reading Augustine: A Guide to Confessions , An Introduction to the Sayings of the Desert Fathers and Praise Seeking Understanding: Reading the Psalms with Augustine.

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