After Pentecost: Language and Biblical Interpretation

Volume 2

Edited by Craig Bartholomew, Colin Greene and Karl Möller. Published by Paternoster Press and Zondervan.

ISBN: 1-84227-066-4

The scholars who together have produced this remarkable volume – and the projected series of which this volume is a part – are prepared to deal patiently and honestly with the most elemental theological issues. The title, After Pentecost, alludes to the problem and prospect of language as the condition of theological truth, and the authors are fully conversant with the most important theoretical issues concerning language. They mobilize that vast learning for the tasks of exegesis and theological adjudication. This is a serious book, a genre in which there are few current representatives. The book will bear careful, patient study. It cannot be "read", but must be studied. The treatment of theological language as a theological issue offered here matches the gravity of the topic itself. Immense learning is mobilized in the service of serious critical reflection on behalf of the church as the church faces an entirely new situation and the demise of modernist rationality and its accompanying positivism.'

Walter Brueggemann, Professor of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary

'This is an excellent collection on a topic for which interdisciplinary conversation between biblical scholars, theologians and philosophers is vital. These essays deserve to be widely read and to draw many more of us into that conversation.'

Richard Bauckham, Professor of New Testament Studies, St Mary's College, University of St Andrews

'Central to the theological task is the question as to how human language functions and refers within the context of Christian revelation. This volume contains an impressive series of essays and responses by leading contemporary philosophers, theologians and biblical scholars brought together to consider the relationship between biblical, exegetical and theological discourse. Their work is characterised by a shared concern to articulate the manner in which God may and does speak in and through human speech. This significant contribution to the debate will prove invaluable to anyone committed to intellectual engagement with these key issues.'

Alan Torrance, Professor of Systematic Theology, University of St Andrews

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    Craig G. Bartholomew
  • From Speech Acts to Scripture Acts: The Covenant of Discourse and The Discourse of Covenant
    Kevin J. Vanhoozer
  • Ricoeur, Speech-Act Theory, and the Gospels as History
    Dan R. Stiver
  • The Promise of Speech-Act Theory for Biblical Interpretation
    Nicholas Wolterstorff
  • How to Be a Postmodernist and Remain a Christian: A Response to Nicholas Wolterstorff
    Mary Hesse
  • 'Behind' and 'In Front of' the Text: Language, Reference and Indeterminacy
    Anthony C. Thiselton
  • A ‘Polite’ Response to Anthony Thiselton 
    William Olhausen
  • Before Babel and After Pentecost: Language, Literature and Biblical Interpretation
    Craig G. Bartholomew
  • Language at the Frontiers of Language 
    Gregory J. Laughery
  • ‘Starting a Rockslide’ – Deconstructing History and Language via Christological Detonators
    Colin J.D. Greene
  • Words of Power: Biblical Language and Literary Criticism with Reference to Stephen Prickett’s Words and the Word and Mark 1:21–28
    Stephen I. Wright
  • Reviving the Power of Biblical Language: The Bible, Literature and Literary Language
    Brian D. Ingraffia and Todd E. Pickett
  • Naming the Father: The Teaching Authority of Jesus and Contemporary Debate
    David L. Jeffrey
  • Back to Babel – That Confounded Language Again: A Response to David L. Jeffrey
    Kathryn Greene-McCreight
  • On Bible Translation and Hermeneutics
    Raymond C. Van Leeuwen
  • Illocutionary Stance in Hans Frei’s The Eclipse of Biblical Narrative: An Exercise in Conceptual Redescription and Normative Analysis
    Neil B. MacDonald
  • Metaphor, Symbol and the Interpretation of Deuteronomy
    J. Gordon McConville
  • Words of (In-)evitable Certitude? Reflections on the Interpretation of Prophetic Oracles of Judgement
    Karl Möller
  • Metaphor and Exegesis
    Ian Paul