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Interpreter Interpreted: A Reader’s Reception of Lategan’s Legacy

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This chapter proposes a particular reading of Bernard Lategan's influential theological work. As a Biblical scholar, and seen amongst his peers, Lategan is known and respected for different qualities. He has been known for the remarkably inclusive way in which he reads the Biblical texts, for his continued interest in and emphasis on the reality of these texts; for his exceptional attention to the persuasive thrust of these texts; and for his deliberate attempts to serve the public power of these texts. The chapter demonstrates the role and importance of these four interpretive interests in Lategan's life and work and his academic leadership that resulted from these intuitions and convictions, and concludes by arguing that all four are characteristics of Reformed theology, and that this might even be the deepest inspiration and motivation behind Lategan's scholarly legacy.

Keywords: Bernard Lategan; Biblical scholar; Reformed theology



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