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Framing Biblical Issues

C. Norman Kraus

Foreword by John A. Lapp

Summary: How should one read that ancient book called the Bible thes many centuries after its formation? How can its instructions to civilizations of three and four thousand years ago be relevant to our modern technical age? This book wrestles with such questions. Each chapter, a whole in itself; addresses some aspect of how the Bible may speak today as Kraus engages a variety of major issues, including christology, hermeneutics, peace, sexuality, creationism, miracles, social justice, and spiritual reality. Several concluding autobiographical chapters also set the larger book in the context of the author’s long experience as a teacher of the Bible and theology in many different cultures.

Comment: "I remember vividly the wash of relief I felt my first day in C. Norman Kraus’ class in Christian Faith at Goshen College in 1967. Oh, I thought, I can think and believe. Norman’s careful and loving address of the issues of faith and life, something I found so nurturing then, returns here in a coherent set of essays that reflect a lifetime of his ministry of ideas in the church. His clarity is always helpful and sometimes astonishing. I am convinced that attention to these essays will help us as a church be more loving, more understanding, more faithful as we dialogue with each other on the issues that matter most."
—Mary Schertz, Professor of New Testament, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary

"In this era of specialization, few can so competently use and integrate the disciplines of biblical studies, historical theology, Anabaptist studies, missiology, and North American church history. Kraus, drawing on his decades as teacher, missionary, scholar, and churchman, challenges Anabaptists with the necessity of contextualization in the multiple cultures of the twenty-first-century church. He then models contextualization of the Bible and Anabaptist theology throughout this book."
—Mark D. Baker, Associate Professor of Mission and Theology, Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary

"Each chapter demonstrates Kraus’ passion for serious scriptural study and vital congregational life. Along the way there are critical comments on misreading the Scriptures and inadequate church practice. . . . Organizational types like myself will occasionally squirm at his critique of institutions. Without squirming and repenting there will be no change or growth."
—John A. Lapp, Executive Secretary Emeritus, Mennonite Central Committee, in the Foreword

Market: Anyone—from scholars, students, pastors, church leaders, congregational discussion groups through general readers—interested in a sophisticated yet personalized treatment of how we we engage the Bible in our times.

Shelving: Biblical studies, Hermeneutics, Theology—Anabaptist-Mennonite. BISAC: Religion. RTM: 690 Religion/Ethics.

The Author: C. Norman Kraus, Harrisonburg, Virginia, has been a teacher and scholar, including in many crosscultural settings; historian of theology, civil rights activist, churchman, peace and justice advocate. He was Goshen College Professor of Bible and Religion for 30 years and during part of that time Director of the Goshen College Center for Discipleship, which he helped found. Among the many books Kraus has written or edited, recent titles include An Intrusive Gospel? (Intervarsity Press, 1998) and To Continue the Dialogue (Pandora Press U.S., 2001).

Publisher: Cascadia Publishing House
Copublisher: Herald Press, Scottdale, PA
Publication date: March 2006
Approximate Pages: 200
Format: 6 x 9 trade paper
Prices: $19.95 US, $29.95 Can.
ISBN: 1-931038-35-X

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