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Hearing the Word

Lutheran Hermenuetics
A Vision for Life Under the Gospel


David C. Ratke, Editor

In every generation the church struggles with the issues surrounding the authority of Scripture, the development of a coherent and credible hermeneutic. For Lutherans the questions about the authority of scripture have been part and parcel of Lutheran theology from Reformation itself. Luther declared at Worms, Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the scriptures or by clear reason …. I am bound by the scriptures … and my conscience is captive to the Word of God.

Luther makes his appeal to scripture. Scripture shall be the foundation of Christian faith. This much is clear. In this same statement, however, he also appeals to “clear reason,” which is not always equally clear to everybody. What seems clear in one time and one place does not seem so clear in another time and place.

One can accept scripture as literal, inerrant, and infallible, or one can reject it as fabricated fiction. If the church claims a middle ground, then how does it determine the meaning and authority of scripture for Christian life and discipleship?

The papers of this book seek to contribute to an ecclesial climate, process, and means for fostering healthy and spirited conversation which faithfully relates the truths revealed in the Scriptures.

The papers in this book were presentations by and to the Association of Teaching Theologians -- ELCA.

The Association of Teaching Theologians is a community of theologians engaged in a ministry of teaching in the classroom, in the church, and in the world at large. The purpose of the Association (ATT) is to help Evangelical Lutheran Church in America teaching theologians better understand, affirm, and carry out their vocation as teachers of the church. Sustained and rigorous reflection on issues of concern to the church is central to this teaching ministry.

The contributors to this volume are:
Karla Bohmbach
, Associate Professor of Religion, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, Ph.D., Duke University.
Erik M. Heen, Professor of New Testament and Greek, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, B.A., Harvard College; M.Div., Harvard Divinity School; MTh., Luther Theological Seminary; MPhil., Columbia University; Ph.D., Columbia University.
Scott H. Hendrix, Professor of Reformation History and Doctrine, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey, M.Div. , Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary: Th.D. , University of Tübingen.
Kathryn Kleinhans, Professor of Religion, Chair, Religion and Philosophy Department, Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa, B.A., Valparaiso University; M.Div., Christ Seminary (St. Louis) and Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago; Ph.D.,, Emory University.
Duane H. Larson, President, Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, B.A., Pacific Lutheran University; M.Div., Luther-Northwestern Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union
Steven D. Paulson, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, B.A., St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, M.Div., Luther Seminary: M.Th., Ph.D., Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.
Mark Allan Powell, Associate Professor of New Testament, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio, B.A., Texas Lutheran College; M.Div., Trinity Lutheran Seminary; Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary.
David Ratke, Assistant Professor , School of History, Philosophy, Religion,Lenoir Rhine College, Hickory, North Carolina, B.A., University of Alberta; Berkeley; M.A., Graduate Theological Union; M.Div ., Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Regensburg University, Germany.
Jane Strohl, Associate Professor of Reformation History and Theology, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, California, B.A., Vassar College; M.Div, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg; M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago.
James W. Voelz, Professor of Exegetical Theology, Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, Missoouri, B.A., Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Indiana; M.Div., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri; Ph.D., University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England.Pf

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