B 24 An Ignatian Approach to Reading the Old Testament


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The first Christians read the Old Testament with the conviction that it was the Spirit-inspired words of God to them. Modern interpretation, with its concern for 'objective' history, did open up the possibility of new engagement with the text, but removed the sense of God speaking. In a postmodern context, an Ignatian approach once again allows that God might speak directly through the reading of Scripture.

Following an introduction to these questions of interpretation, this study outlines the Ignatian practice of review and its approach to reading Scripture, offers a framework for understanding Old Testament spirituality, and then sets out a 30-week daily reading scheme, with comment, covering the key themes of the Old Testament. It offers a fresh and valuable way in to the shape and rhythm of the Old Testament and its spirituality.

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Author: John Goldingay

John Goldingay wrote Grove Booklet #7 in 1972 when teaching at St John’s College, Nottingham. He was later Old Testament Professor at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California and Priest-in-Charge of St Barnabas Church in Pasadena. He now lives in Oxford with Kathleen, teaches online, and watches bands on YouTube.

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