Facilitated by Annabel Robinson
Richard Hays is a Professor of Theology at Duke University, but started his career as a high school teacher of English. He has recently written two books, Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels and Reading Backwards, challenging the way we traditionally read the New Testament and presenting us with new ways of seeing Jesus.
The Evangelists, Hays argues, summon readers to a conversion of the imagination. The Gospel writers conveyed the story of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, using the Old Testament to frame their message.
The Evangelists’ use of scriptural echo beckons readers to believe the extraordinary: that Jesus was Israel’s Messiah, that Jesus is Israel’s God, and that contemporary believers are still on mission.
I will never read the Gospels the same way again.
RJS in the JesusCreed writes of Echoes of Scripture in the Gospel “This is an outstanding book – well worth the time and effort to read and ponder.”
Background and Resources
- Read more at Patheos – Jesus Creed, A Word in Edgewise, Wikipedia on Hays, GoodReads, Themelios.
- Interview with Richard Hays by Note & Query (print), NBn (audio).
- Richard Hays on NT Wright and Karl Barth
- Knowing Jesus – Story, History and the Question of Truth
- Do the Gospel Writers Misread the Old Testament?
- Book available at ChristianBook ($27 US), Baylor UP ($35 US), Apple iBooks ($49 US), B&N ($35 US), Amazon.ca ($45 Can), FREE Sample of book.