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The Use of the Bible Ethically and Politically: A Dialogue with Oliver O'Donovan (Scripture and Hermeneutics Series Volume 3)

Craig Bartholomew, Jonathan Chaplin, Robert Song & Al Wolters (Editors)
ISBN 9781842270677 (1842270672)
Paternoster, 2002

Category: Biblical Studies
Subcategory: Hermeneutics

This erudite volume of papers derives from a consultation held in Cheltenham in June 2001. The topic under discussion was Oliver O'Donovan's The Desire of the Nations, chosen because of O'Donovan's close attention to the biblical text.

In his introduction to this volume Craig Bartholomew provides a good clear overview of O'Donovan's approach to using the Bible both ethically and politically. Subsequent chapters are written by such well-known scholars as Walter Moberly, Gordon McConville, Andrew Lincoln, N.T. Wright, Christopher Rowland and Colin J.D. Greene amongst others.

Ten chapters look at O'Donovan's use of scripture and a further five concern his political theology. In each case O'Donovan has provided a written response.

The writing is academic, lucid and informative throughout. There is much to get your teeth into and to reflect on further. The whole volume evidently gains from being the result of a consultation attended by the authors. It is a wonderful resource.

Also in this series:
Behind the Text (Vol 4)

Sue Groom, September 2006

The Revd Sue Groom is the Director of Deanery Licensed Ministry for the Kensington Episcopal Area of London. Before this she was Vicar of St Matthew's, Yiewsley and also served as the Reader Training Officer for the Willesden Episcopal Area. She is the author of Linguistic Analysis of Biblical Hebrew (Paternoster Press, 2003).


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