If you could read Scripture through the lens of only ONE scholar . . . .
. . . . who would it be and why? In other words, what single scholar most captures the essence and meaning of the biblical text; who is asking the right questions, or giving the right answers? Whose methodological, theological, or historical presuppositions and conclusions do you most share? Put most simply . . . . for you, who most gets it right?
Here is a list of why:
* his reading of the difficult and troublesome texts, as well as his view on the characterization of God in the biblical text, are unabashedly honest.
* his desire to maintain tensions within the text rather than to smooth them out is not only postmodern, it is biblical, and again, honest.
* his emphasis on the Jewishness of the text is spot-on; this represents another tension – the ability to hold together the Jewishness of the text with the ‘Christian-ness’ of the text (see his OT theology).
*his attempts to make the Hebrew Bible relevant for contemporary communities of faith is to be applauded; from discussing the ‘scandalous’ character of God to how one may pray the lament psalms, his seeking to bring the Hebrew Bible into the life of Christian faithful is wonderfully motivating and enriching.
How about you?