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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Scripture and Tradition Biblically Understood

The lovely Edith Humphrey, a biblical scholar whom I interviewed here about her last book, has a new book out that I just received today from the publisher: Scripture and Tradition: What the Bible Really Says (Baker Academic, 2013), vii+182pp.

I've already asked her, and we will set up an interview on here in the coming weeks, once the press of the academic semester is over. In the meantime, the publisher tells us this about the book:
In some of the church's history, Scripture has been pitted against tradition and vice versa. Prominent New Testament scholar Edith Humphrey, who understands the issue from both Protestant and Catholic/Orthodox perspectives, revisits this perennial point of tension. She demonstrates that the Bible itself reveals the importance of tradition, exploring how the Gospels, Acts, and the Epistles show Jesus and the apostles claiming the authority of tradition as God's Word, both written and spoken. Arguing that Scripture and tradition are not in opposition but are necessarily and inextricably intertwined, Humphrey defends tradition as God's gift to the church. She also works to dismantle rigid views of sola scriptura while holding a high view of Scripture's authority.

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