|Pages/Publication Date:||416 / 2017|
How can a modern person, informed by science and history, continue to recite the traditional creeds and confessions of the Christian church? What does the Bible mean and how do we verify biblical truths? Here Yale Professor of Religious Studies Dale Martin urges readers to be more creative interpreters of biblical texts, mapping out an alternative way of reading that is not first and foremost about understanding what those texts meant for the original authors and readers. Limiting our study to the ancient meaning of the text, Martin argues, has produced either bad history, bad theology, or both. Martin offers instead theological readings of the New Testament that are faithful to Christian orthodoxy, but with a new significance in the world of the 21st century.