Series Editor’s Preface
More than ever the horizons in biblical literature are being expanded beyond that which is immediately imagined; important new methodological, theological, and hermeneutical directions are being explored, often resulting in significant contributions to the world of biblical scholarship. It is an exciting time for the academy as engagement in biblical studies continues to be heightened.
This series seeks to make available to scholars and institutions, scholarship of a high order, and which will make a significant contribution to the ongoing biblical discourse. This series includes established and innovative directions, covering general and particular areas in biblical study. For every volume considered for this series, we explore the question as to whether the study will push the horizons of biblical scholarship. The answer must be yes for inclusion.
In this volume, Michael Shepherd examines the manner in which the biblical text interprets itself. While this idea in itself is neither new nor novel, the method that Shepherd employs does in fact invite a wider angle from which to explore this idea. He notes that in this regard the early post biblical interpreters understood this need and necessity as they used it to establish the ← IX | X → manner in which the New Testament is shaped and understood. In this study, Shepherd employs what he terms the “bridge” texts. He explains that “bridge” texts are those texts that have previous been cited, but the manner in which they are “cited has already been anticipated in a previous...
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