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By William Franke

With the instruments of far-reaching revolutions in literary conception and proficient by means of the poetic experience of fact, William Franke bargains a serious appreciation and philosophical mirrored image on a manner of examining the Bible as theological revelation. Franke explores a number of the crucial literary genres of the Bible—Myth, Epic historical past, 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 chanced on as a common background 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 middle by way of infinitely open poetic powers of expression in phrases exceeding and published from the keep watch over of finite, human schools and the authority of human associations.  

“Well recognized for his individual paintings on mysticism and the apophatic, during this new monograph William Franke deals a extraordinary improvement within the box of literature and theology. construction at the foundations laid via prior students in either religious study and literature, Franke examines various genres in either testaments, from fable, 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 remarkable instance of what Paul Ricoeur as soon as referred to as pondering biblically, and may be a profoundly very important ebook for someone in the humanities in addition to theologians, liturgists, and biblical critics.”

David Jasper, college of Glasgow

“William Franke’s booklet demonstrates the variegated approach during which the Bible presents ‘a version for arts texts.’ not just does he rightly search to narrate the studying of the Bible to different texts within the humanities, but additionally underlines the basic significance which the Bible has had in its contribution to hermeneutics. old contextuality, and how which texts are a method of self-reflection, were half and parcel of engagement with the Bible down the centuries and are all too simply neglected in glossy biblical scholarship.”

Christopher Rowland, collage of Oxford

“This is an excellent new booklet by way of one of many world’s so much finished students within the quarter of literature and theology. providing a lucid and compelling account of the character of revelation, Franke reads more than a few biblical texts in ways in which are at the same time suggestion upsetting, illuminating, readable, and constructive. A Theology of Literature is a superb success, and positively worthy reading.”

—Mark Knight, Lancaster University

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

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