Reflection on the Scriptures of the Church

Wilson-Kastner, Jenkins, Barth, and (so far obliquely) Work all present visions of how the Bible "lives" in the Church. I'd like you to examine here the relationships that make each what it is.

Take several church practices, either in your own church or in some other, that involve direct or indirect uses of the Bible. How does Scripture (in general and in particular texts) inform each? How does each practice inform appreciation of the character and interpretation of Scripture? Pursuant to Jenkins chapter 3, pay particular attention to the relationship between the Old and New Testaments as displayed or illuminated in the practice.

By the way, I meditate at greater length on the many ways in which the Bible lives in evangelical churches in an article assigned as recommended reading in a few weeks. You might find it helpful, though I don't want you to feel pressured to read it.

Please keep your paper 3-4 pages, double-spaced, and follow the directions in my handout for writing papers. Remember, I want to see proper style, clear writing, a thorough answer to the question, and explicit citations of course materials.

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