In this book, James Aageson likens interpretation to a conversation
and uses Paul as a model for illustrating this. In Paul's
case, interpretation is a conversation between Paul and
scripture. Aageson gives four case studies of Paul conversing
with scripture: Paul's use of Abraham texts, his understanding of
Israel, his use of the figure of Adam, and his seeing christ as a
figure by which all traditions are understood in new ways.
As a Jew, Paul learned the skills of biblical interpretation and
placed them in the service of a christological and ecclesiological
message. For Paul, scriptural texts had integrity and
generated a message for his own time and situation.
Aageson offers a good introductory survey of the most important
passages in which Paul quotes and interprets Old Testament texts . .
. The book highlights Paul's creative hermeneutical transformations
of inherited traditions and argues that theological interpreters in
the church today must be willing to carry forward similarly creative
readings. . . . The book gathers some important results of recent
Pauline studies and makes them accessible for a broad readership.
Richard B. Hays
Associate Professor of New Testament
Durham, North Carolina