By Krister Stendahl
Recuperating the strangeness of scripture for the lifetime of the church— those essays show the consistency and integrity of a grasp exegete, New testomony theologian, and churchman. Stendahl brings to the biblical textual content a relentless predicament to find what used to be intended through a selected biblical passage, as loose as attainable of the doctrinal or cultural preoccupations of intervening centuries, but in addition to mirror on what the textual content capability to us at the present time, ever alert to the methods scripture has fueled anti-semitism, the subordination of ladies, and other kinds of prejudice and damage. the combo of appreciate proven the following for the range of meanings in scripture and the urgency of reflecting—critically and faithfully—on our modern duties in mild of scripture is impossible to resist. the gathering is a testomony to the wide variety of Stendahl’s pursuits and the intensity of his belief. “The tough eyes Stendahl turns upon scripture even have a glint in them, occasionally reminding his viewers of a imaginative and prescient but higher than scripture, to which scripture is meant to indicate. . . .” —Frederick H. Borsch, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia “Our solutions to [the matters with which Stendahl bargains] won't continually be almost like his. but our personal convictions might be clarified much more than they are going to be challenged through the concepts of this mammoth between New testomony scholars.” —John Howard Rhys, university of Theology at Sewanee “There can basically be admiration for the candor with which [Stendahl] pokes holes within the pompous balloons of pious zealotism. His minimalism pushes towards the reputation of finiteness and creatureliness—yes, even for theologians!” —Robin Scroggs, Chicago Theological Seminary “Do no longer omit this thought-provoking assortment shape one of many church’s extraordinary biblical scholars.” —David Rhoads, Lutheran tuition of Theology in Chicago Krister Stendahl used to be Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emeritus and previous Dean at Harvard Divinity institution, and Bishop Emeritus of Stockholm. between his many writings is Paul between Jews and Gentiles (Fortress Press, 1976) and ultimate Account (Fortress Press, 1995).