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Reading the Bible in the 21st Century

Reading the Bible in the 21st Century introduces contemporary biblical scholarship to students and other interested readers, showing how each of the various approaches current today is a strategic interaction with the biblical text, and inviting the reader to try it out. Each approach has its own purposes, distinct advantages, and particular limitations; each approach springs from specific assumptions or intuitions about the text, or from a particular vantage point in our world.

Each volume in the Insights series describes what we’ve learned from men and women who have changed the way we all may read the Bible by sharing the way they read it from their distinctive point of view. 

Series editors

Neil Elliott
Neil Elliott, Strategies series

Acquisitions Editor in Bible, Fortress Press

Mark Allan Powell
Mark Allan Powell, Insights series

Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio

Insights series

Each Insights volume takes a particular methodology or, more often, a perspective and asks, “what have we learned, what are the results of this way of viewing the Bible, what insights have we gained?”

Perspective—seeing from a particular point of view—is constitutive of each volume. Context ("where do I stand?") is an important theme, as is diversity of perspectives.

Watch series editor Mark Allan Powell introduce the Reading the Bible in the 21st Century: Insights series!

Books

David A. Fiensy (Author)
Release date: July 15, 2017

Each volume in the Insights series presents discoveries and insights into biblical texts from a particular approach or perspective in current scholarship. Accessible and appealing ...

Insights from African American Interpretation
Mitzi J. Smith (Author), Mark Allan Powell (Editor)
Release date: May 1, 2017

Each volume in the Insights series discusses discoveries and insights gained into biblical texts from a particular approach or perspective in current scholarship. Accessible and appealing to ...

Insights from Filmmaking for Analyzing Biblical Narrative
Gary Yamasaki (Author)
Release date: October 1, 2016

In this volume, Gary Yamasaki develops an innovative approach to biblical narrative, exploring the way stories are treated in filmmaking, and using that as a ...

Insights from Performance Criticism
Peter S. Perry (Author)
Release date: October 1, 2016

Peter S. Perry describes the rise of performance criticism and its application to biblical studies and theology. He discusses the new understanding of biblical texts, particularly Gospel writings, that performance criticism has proposed, and presents challenges for the future of performance criticism and its role in biblical interpretation generally.

Updates

Insights series intro video with editor Mark Allan Powell
June 23, 2015
What's the vision behind Reading the Bible in the 21st Century: Insights series? Mark Allan Powell provides an overview of the intentions and goals of the series.