© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/157430110X597935 Religion & Theology 17 (2010) 465–466 brill.nl/rt & Religion Theology Book Review Reading the Bible with the Dead: What You Can Learn from the History of Exegesis that You Can’t Learn from Exegesis Alone . By John L. Thompson. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007. Pp. xi + 320. USD 20 (Paperback). ISBN 978-0-8029-0753-3. The last two decades have seen an upsurge of interest in the history of Bible interpretation in academic theology. Editions and translations of primary sources, a steady stream of monographs and several new series are being published, which are devoted to the history of interpretation of individual biblical books. In addition, one of the ﬁrst major publishing enterprises in the present century in theology is the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception , projected to run to 36 vol- umes. Although there have been eﬀorts to make this discussion and the sources easily accessible, few popular contributions have argued the case of why modern readers of the Bible (primarily students and those in the ministry) should bother with ancient and older interpreters, what can be learnt there that cannot be learnt from exegesis alone, and how this
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