1st Edition

Reading the New Testament

By John Court Copyright 1997
    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    Reading the New Testament is the lead volume to the successful New Testament Readings Series. It analyzes the many ways in which the New Testament can be read and interpreted.
    Rather than prescribing one 'correct' way of reading, this study offers an overview of and introduction to the most influential theories of recent scholarship, discussing the background against which such theories are developed. It shows the advantages of combining methods of reading, thus stimulating an interaction between various approaches, illustrated by the individual volumes in the series.
    This is an important addition to New Testament literature, offering the student of religion a comprehensive overview of the methods and approaches used by scholars in the field.

    Preface. 1. Introduction: On Reading the Bible 2. Historical Reading 3. Narrative Theology 4. Short Stories and their Structure 5. Intertexuality 6. Rhetoric 7. The Text in a Social Context 8. Psychological Readings 9. Allegory or Spiritual Reading 10. Texts as Slogans 11. Reading in Action: John 21 Postscript: Ariadne's Thread.


    John M. Court has taught biblical studies at the University of Kent for more than twenty years. He is the author of two volumes on the Book of Revelation and co-author of The New Testament World.

    'It is an immensely helpful book, written in the most accessible and non-technical style ... Although designed as a companion to a series of New Testament readings, this book can stand alone as an introduction to critical readings and will encourage its readers to explore different approaches independently.' - Church Times