Reverence for the Word

reverenceA brief review of With Reverence for the Word: Medieval Scriptural Exegesis in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

A medieval look at various aspects of interpretation of the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the Koran can be found in McAuliffe, Walfish, and Goering (eds.), With Reverence for the Word: Medieval Scriptural Exegesis in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Looking at interpretative issues across the three religions over the course of the period is actually quite illuminating, and reminds us that we are not immune to currents of thought flowing into the church from elsewhere. Allegory, narrative, and the various “senses” of scripture (in all three canons) are common themes.

Some individual chapters are brilliantly illuminating (such as John Boyle on Aquinas’ “division of the text” method as seen in his commentaries). Others seem more esoteric.

For anyone involved in “scriptural reasoning” or “meetings for better understanding” with those of other faiths, or for those interested in the middle ages, this could be a valuable volume to dip into.

This review first appeared in Churchman 128/2 (2014).

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