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Reading the Bible Intertextually

Edited by Richard B. Hays, Stefan Alkier and Leroy A. Huizenga

Reading the Bible Intertextually
Paperback, 350 pages $49.95
Published: 1st July 2015
ISBN: 9781481303552
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Biblical Studies, Hebrew Bible, New Testament

Reading the Bible Intertextually explores the revisionary hermeneutical practices of the writers of the four gospels. Each of the contributors examines the distinctive ways that the canonical evangelists put a particular "spin" on the story of Jesus through rereading the Old Testament in different ways. In addition, the evangelists' different ways of reading Israel's Scripture are correlated with different visions for the embodied life of the community of Jesus' followers. This is an exciting new reading of the gospels, bringing interdisciplinary and intertextual readings to the texts, articulated by some of the most brilliant New Testament scholars of our time.

Foreword to the German Edition

Stefan Alkier and Richard B. Hays

Foreword to the English Edition

Richard B. Hays

Intertextual Interpretation of Biblical Texts

The Bible in Dialogue and the Problem of Hardening in Mark 4: Intertextuality within the Framework of a Categorical Semiotics of Biblical Texts, Stefan Alkier

Intertextuality and Historical Approaches to the Use of Scripture in the New Testament, Steve Moyise

How Does God Act?  Intertextual Readings of 1 Corinthians 10, Michael Schneider

Allegorical Reading and Intertextuality: Narrative Abbreviations of the Adam Story in Paul (Rom 1:18-28), Eckart Reinmuth

The Matthean Jesus and the Isaac of the Early Jewish Encyclopedia, Leroy Andrew Huizenga

Paul as User, Interpreter and Reader of the Book of Isaiah, Florian Wilk

The Liberation of Israel in Luke-Acts: Intertextual Narration as Countercultural Practice, Richard B. Hays

Psalm 113 and the Song of Hannah (1 Sam 2:1–10): A Paradigm for Intertextual Reading?, Marianne Grohmann

Intertextual Interpretation Outside the Boundaries of the Canon

Canon as Intertext: Restraint or Liberation?, George Aichele

Christian Apocalypses and their Mimetic Potential in Pagan Education: A Contribution concerning Lucian’s True History, Peter von Möllendorf

Nonnus and his Tradition, Tomas A. Schmitz

Literary Reading(s) of the Bible: Aspects of a Semiotic Conception of Intertextuality and Intertextual Analysis of Texts, Magdolna Orosz

Reading the Bible in the Context of “Thick Description”: Reflections of a Practical Theologian on a Phenomenological Concept of Contextuality, Hans-Günter Heimbrock

Semiotics, Intertextuality and New Testament Studies

New Testament Studies on the basis of Categorical Semiotics: A Conception, Stefan Alkier


A rich and dense resource, this book takes seriously its interdisciplinary aim.

Alison M. Jack, Journal for the Study of the New Testament, 2010, 32.5

This volume will provide important grist for the mill for those interested in biblical hermeneutics.

—Gary A. Anderson, Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, University of Notre Dame

This welcome collection of essays marks a noteworthy contribution to the study of intertextual dimensions of biblical interpretation.

A. K. M. Adamb, Professor of New Testament, Bowdoin College

Richard B. Hays (Ph.D., Emory University) is George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament, Duke Divinity School. His publications include Reading Backwards (2014) and Revelation and the Politics of Apocalyptic Interpretation (edited with Stefan Alkier, 2012).

Stefan Alkier is Professor of New Testament and the History of the Early Church, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main. His past books include Zeichen aus Text und Stein: Studien auf dem Weg zu einer Archäologie des Neuen Testaments (with Jürgen Zangenberg, 2003), Wunder und Wirklichkeit in den Briefen des Apostels Paulus: Ein exegetischer Beitrag zu einem Wunderverständnis jenseits von Entmythologisierung und Rehistorisierung (2001), and Urchristentum: zur Geschichte und Theologie einer exegetischen Disziplin (1993).

Leroy A. Huizenga (Ph.D., Duke University) is Chair of the Department of Theology, Associate Professor of Theology, and the Director of the Christian Leadership Center at the University of Mary in Bismark, ND.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 350 pages
 9in x 6in

  REL006080, REL006220, REL006630
 Baylor University Press

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