Friday, 20 May 2011

Sunday Evening 22/5/11


Yours truly is leading the evening service this Sunday.
It will be in Hillhead Baptist Church, Cresswell Street and is entitled,
Contextual Bible Study for Christian Aid Week.
SPCK has published a practical guide to this called 'What is Contextual Bible Study'

'The conviction that Scripture is revelatory literature is a constant, abiding conviction among the communities of Jews and Christians that gather around the book. But that conviction, constant and abiding as it is, is problematic and open to a variety of often contradictory or ambiguous meanings. Clearly that conviction is appropriated differently in various cultural settings. Current attention to hermeneutics convinces me many of us that there is no single, sure meaning of any text. The revelatory power of the text is discerned and given precisely through the action of interpretation which is always concrete, never universal, always contextualized, never “above the fray”, always filtered through vested interests, never in disinterested purity.'

From Introduction p ix of: Walter Brueggemann, Divine Presence Amid Violence, Contextualizing the Book of Joshua, Paternoster: thinking faith, Cascade Books – Eugene, Oregon 2009

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