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Radner-Ephraim

Ephraim Radner’s new book, Time and the Word: Figural Reading of the Christian Scriptures,

explores the theological foundations of figural interpretation, the hermeneutic that was practiced by Christians from the earliest days of the church through the early modern period. Figural interpretation was replaced by the historical critical method that we use today, and contemporary Christians tend to look down on figural reading as an interpretive method that finds things in the text that aren’t actually there. But Radner argues that this attitude doesn’t do justice to the depth of figural reading, and he makes a compelling argument for the recovery of this ancient practice. Radner, who is a professor of historical theology at Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto, is known for work that is both rich and fresh, and this book is no exception.

Time and the Word: Figural Reading of the Christian Scriptures
Ephraim Radner

Hardback: Eerdmans, 2016
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Interview by Erin Zoutendam
 
 
ERB: Let’s start with what might be the hardest question. How would you define figural interpretation for people who have never heard of it before?

ER: That’s a good question, and you’re right—it is a hard question. The first thing to be said is that figural interpretation is something that the church has always done. It’s not a matter of inventing a method; it’s a matter of identifying a way that the Bible has been read and continues to be read by lots of different people. The Bible is God’s book that describes the world, the world as it actually is—not just the world as it was.

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One of this week’s best new releases is:
 

Another Brooklyn: A Novel
Jacqueline Woodson

Hardback: Amistad, 2016
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Here’s an excellent NPR interview that Woodson did this week on the book:

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One of this week’s best new releases is:
 

The Fire This Time:
A New Generation Speaks about Race

Jesmyn Ward

Hardback: Scribner, 2016
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Here’s an excellent NPR interview that Ward did this week on the book:

 
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One of this week’s best new releases is:

You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit
James K.A. Smith

Hardback: Brazos Press, 2016
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The author recorded these five brief video clips as an introduction to the book…
 
 

Part 1: A Spirituality for Culture-Makers




 
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I bought a copy of this great new book for my wife’s birthday present…
 

The Caped Crusade:
Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture

Glen Weldon

Hardback: Simon and Schuster, 2016
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Here is a great interview that the author did with NPR’s Audie Cornish:
 
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One of this week’s best new releases is…

Patience: A Graphic Novel
Daniel Clowes

Hardback: Fantagraphics, 2016
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Here is a great interview that Clowes recently did with Nicole Rudick of The Paris Review
 
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Steindl-Rast

I’ve listened to the following On Being interview with David Steindl-Rast three times over the past week (and sections of it a fourth time).  His perspective on gratitude is so invigorating!

 
If you like this interview, you should definitely also read his book:

Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer:
An Approach to Life in Fullness

Br. David Stiendl-Rast

Paperback:  Paulist Press, 1984
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I hope you enjoy this and find it challenging:

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RD-Betts

Early in December, I listened to this NPR interview that Terry Gross did with the poet Reginald Dwayne Betts.

With the craziness of the holidays, I am only getting around to sharing it now. 
 
Betts’ newest collection of poems is:

Bastards of the Reagan Era

Paperback: Four Way, 2015
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[ Read several poems from this collection ]

 
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One of the best books of next year will undoubtedly be:
 

America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege and the Bridge to a New America
Jim Wallis

Hardback: Brazos Press, 2016
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I have read and reviewed this book for Relevant magazine (coming in the Jan / Feb 2016 issue)
 
Wallis was on NPR this week giving a preview of the book.  

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I recently began reading this timely new book…

Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates

Hardback: Spiegel and Grau, 2015
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This book is a deep lament, a unflinching account of the Black experience in the United States, an account of all the ways that Black lives and Black bodies have not mattered throughout American history. Watch for my review (a joint review with Soong Chan Rah’s new book Prophetic Lament) in our next print issue.

I’ve been listening to the audiobook edition, which is read by the author.  I highly recommend listening to it in his voice.
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Here is a brief video with the author discussing the book…

 
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