B 70 Reception History: Why Should We Care What Earlier Christians Thought About the Bible? (2013)


The Reformation is often characterized as a time when traditional readings of Scripture were rejected in order to get back to the “pure” text alone.

In fact, learning from previous readings actually helps us to make sense of Scripture, particularly in its puzzling passages. Using the example of Jephthah”s daughter in Judges 11, this insightful study shows the power of learning from those who have read the Scriptures before us—even a vital component of the interpretive task.

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Author: John L. Thompson

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