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By William Franke

With the instruments of far-reaching revolutions in literary idea and expert by means of the poetic experience of fact, William Franke deals a severe appreciation and philosophical mirrored image on a manner of examining the Bible as theological revelation. Franke explores a few of the valuable literary genres of the Bible—Myth, Epic background, Prophecy, Apocalyptic, Writings, and Gospel—as development upon each other in composing a compactly unified edifice of writing that discloses prophetic and apocalyptic fact in a feeling that's intelligible to the secular brain in addition to to spiritual spirits. From Genesis to Gospel this published fact of the Bible is came across as a common historical past of humankind. Poetic literature turns into the sunshine of revelation for a theology that's discerned as already inherent in humanity’s culture. The divine speaks on to the human center by way of infinitely open poetic powers of expression in phrases exceeding and published from the regulate of finite, human colleges and the authority of human associations.  

“Well identified for his uncommon paintings on mysticism and the apophatic, during this new monograph William Franke bargains a awesome improvement within the box of literature and theology. construction at the foundations laid through previous students in either bible study and literature, Franke examines diverse genres in either testaments, from fantasy, epic, the prophetic, the apocalyptic, and the gospel, to supply a biblical theology that's inherent in the textual content instead of imposed externally upon it. it's a significant instance of what Paul Ricoeur as soon as known as pondering biblically, and may be a profoundly very important ebook for somebody in the humanities in addition to theologians, liturgists, and biblical critics.”

David Jasper, collage of Glasgow

“William Franke’s e-book demonstrates the variegated means within which the Bible presents ‘a version for arts texts.’ not just does he rightly search to narrate the analyzing of the Bible to different texts within the humanities, but in addition underlines the basic significance which the Bible has had in its contribution to hermeneutics. historic contextuality, and how which texts are a way of self-reflection, were half and parcel of engagement with the Bible down the centuries and are all too simply missed in smooth biblical scholarship.”

Christopher Rowland, collage of Oxford

“This is an excellent new publication via one of many world’s such a lot entire students within the region of literature and theology. delivering a lucid and compelling account of the character of revelation, Franke reads a number biblical texts in ways in which are at the same time suggestion scary, illuminating, readable, and constructive. A Theology of Literature is a superb fulfillment, and definitely worthy reading.”

—Mark Knight, Lancaster University

William Franke is a thinker of the arts and a professor of comparative literature at Vanderbilt collage. He has additionally been Professor of Philosophy on the collage of Macao (2013–2016); Fulbright-University of Salzburg extraordinary Chair in Intercultural Theology and the learn of faith; and an Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung learn fellow. His single-authored books were released by means of the college presses of Chicago, Stanford, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Ohio country, and the country college of latest York.

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