Abstract

This essay offers some working definitions of theological interpretation before proceeding to considering something of the range of recent contributions to the field, contributions that are interdisciplinary, ecumenical, and interfaith. Moberly relates these to the development of his own understanding of theological interpretation, which includes the need to attend seriously to ideological critiques. Certain problems in recent work are highlighted—disproportion between theory and practice, injudicious rhetoric, Childs's failure to implement his own program, an uncomprehending inertia preference for older approaches—before a brief conclusion that suggests that renewed theological interpretation opens up fresh possibilities for understanding difficult texts such as Gen 22 and Josh 6.

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