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Bridging the Divide between Bible and Practical Theology

Editor(s): Denise Dombkowski Hopkins, Michael S. Koppel
Contributors: Lance Pape, Randall Furushima, Tiffany Webster, Nancy Bowen, James Higginbotham, Paul Kim, Fulgence Nyengele,
Subject: Religion

Book Description

This volume contributes to closing the unfortunate divide that still exists today between the so-called ‘practical’ and ‘classical’ disciplines in seminary curricula. It builds a bridge across a chasm that should not exist. The chapters reflect ‘working on the bridge’ through a collegial model of sustained conversation out of the contributors’ different disciplines within Bible and Practical Theology. The authors in this volume desire to break out of academic silos that too often lead to fragmented student learning and disjointed ministry practices, in the hope that the imaginations of students, scholars, and ministers may be stimulated in the service of holistic ministry.

The book is divided into two sections, I: Theoretical Frameworks, in which the authors invite the reader to look more broadly at issues of method, context, geography, and culture as biblical texts and practical theology are brought into dialog, and II: Reading Biblical Texts, which explores biblical books or texts while wearing the lenses of practical theology to mine the intersections and complexities of the encounter across disciplines. Whether singly or jointly authored, these essays model a dynamic, interactive reading of human situations and biblical texts in order to reveal their multivalent complexities.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-0617-6
ISBN-10: 1-5275-0617-7
Date of Publication: 01/03/2018
Pages / Size: 170 / A5
Price: £58.99


Denise Dombkowski Hopkins is the Woodrow and Mildred Miller Professor of Biblical Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Her publications include Books II and III of the Psalms (Psalms 42-89) in The Wisdom Commentary Series (2016) and Journey through the Psalms (2002). With Michael S. Koppel, she began what is now the Bible and Practical Theology Section in the Society of Biblical Literature.

Michael S. Koppel is the Howard Chandler Robbins Professor of Pastoral Theology and Congregational Care and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. He has authored Open Hearted Ministry: Play as Key to Pastoral Leadership (2008), and co-authored Grounded in the Living Word: The Old Testament and Pastoral Care Practices (with Denise Dombkowski Hopkins; 2010).