First Theology: God, Scripture & Hermeneutics

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InterVarsity Press, Jun 10, 2002 - Religion - 384 pages
"This is a book on theological hermeneutics. It is a plea for being hermeneutical about theology and for being theological about hermeneutics. It is an argument for treating the questions of God, Scripture and hermeneutics as one problem. This one problem defines what I call 'first theology.' " (from the Preface) In thirteen chapters, Kevin Vanhoozer explores various dimensions of doing first theology and illuminates not only how we can talk about God but how we can begin with the Word of God and act on the basis of that Word. Blazing a pathway for recovering the unity of biblical studies and theological reflection, he addresses the challenges presented by the contemporary so-called postmodern situation, especially deconstructionism. Not only does a way of doing God-centered biblical interpretation come to light through Vanhoozer's explorations, but the triune identity of a God who is communicative, loving and sovereign also comes into focus. This is a book for students, pastors and teachers who have an interest in the character of God, the nature of Scripture, Christian theology, our approach to hermeneutics and how they are all necessarily interrelated to the glory of God.
 

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Contents

III
15
IV
43
V
45
VI
71
VII
96
VIII
125
IX
127
X
159
XII
207
XIII
236
XIV
257
XV
275
XVI
309
XVII
337
XVIII
374
XIX
378

XI
205

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Kevin Vanhoozer is Research Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

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