Forthcoming from Ashgate

Browsing this morning through the latest catalogue from Ashgate, the following titles and abstracts struck me as interesting and relevant to  my ongoing work on covenantal hermeneutics:

Barth’s Theology of Interpretation
Donald Wood
Series: Barth Studies

Through his single-minded insistence on the priority of the Bible in
the life of the church, Karl Barth (1886-1968) decisively shaped the
course of twentieth-century Christian theology. Drawing on both
familiar texts and recently published archival material, Barth’s
Theology of Interpretation sheds new light on Barth’s account of just
what it is that scripture gives and requires. In tracing the movement
of Barth’s earlier thinking about scriptural reading, the book also
raises important questions about the ways in which Barth can continue
to influence contemporary discussions about the theological
interpretation of scripture.

Revelation, Scripture and Church
Theological Hermeneutic Thought of James Barr, Paul Ricoeur and Hans Frei
Richard R. Topping

Series: Ashgate New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies

How does God’s involvement with the generation of Holy Scripture and
its use in the life of the Christian church figure into the human work
of Scripture interpretation? This is the central question that this
book seeks to address. In critical conversation with the influential
hermeneutic programs of James Barr, Paul Ricoeur and Hans Frei, Topping
demonstrates how God’s agency has been marginalized in the task of
Scripture interpretation. Divine involvement with the Bible is
bracketed out (Barr), rendered in generic terms (Ricoeur) or left
implicit (Frei) in these depictions of the hermeneutic field. The
result is that each of these hermeneutic programs is less than a
‘realist’ interpretative proposal. Talk of God is eclipsed by the
terminal consideration of human realities. Topping argues for the
centrality of doctrinal description in a lively theological
understanding of Scripture interpretation for the life of the church.


Rendering the Word in Theological Hermeneutics
Mapping Divine and Human Agency
Mark Alan Bowald

This book proposes an original typology for grasping the differences
between diverse types of biblical interpretation, fashioned in a
triangle around a major theological and philosophical lacuna: the
relation between divine and human action. Despite their purported
concern for reading God’s word, most modern and postmodern approaches
to biblical interpretation do not seriously consider the role of divine
agency as having a real influence in and on the process of reading
Scripture. Mark Bowald seeks to correct and clarify this deficiency by
demonstrating the inevitable role that divine agency plays in
contemporary proposals in relation to human agency enacted in the
composition of the biblical text and the reader. This book presents an
important contribution to the emerging field of theological

Bowald discusses in depth the hermeneutics of George Lindbeck, Hans
Frei, Kevin Vanhoozer, Francis Watson, Stephen Fowl, David Kelsey,
Werner Jeanrond, Karl Barth, James K.A. Smith, and Nicholas

My only puzzle is over how the books by Topping and Bowald might be different from each other.  Both authors are Canadian, both seem to be arguing the same thesis – were both students of John Webster perchance?