Fleming Rutledge is a preacher and teacher known throughout the US, Canada, and parts of the UK. She is the author of eight books, all from Eerdmans Publishing. Her most recent book, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ, is the product of the work of a lifetime and is being described as a new classic on the subject.
One of the first women to be ordained to the priesthood of the Episcopal Church, she served for fourteen years on the clergy staff at Grace Church on Lower Broadway at Tenth Street, New York City.
Fleming and her husband celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2009 and have two daughters and two grandchildren. She is a native of Franklin, Virginia.
Ruminations: Pre-modern, modern, post-modern: the Bible today
Friday, March 07, 2008
Pre-modern, modern, post-modern: the Bible todayI just wrote a letter to the editor of The Christian Century, to wit:
It is curious that Walter Brueggemann should be asked by The Christian Century to review the Isaiah volume of “The Church’s Bible” series (CC March 11), since he is well-known to be unsympathetic to the premise upon which the series is founded. He is gentlemanly in his assessment, as one would expect; he gives credit to Calvin as an interpreter, and to Ricoeur’s concept of the “second naïveté.” In general, however, he makes no bones about his distaste for the project.
When I was asked to be part of a preaching series on the Song of Songs three years ago at an undergraduate college in England, I turned to the late Richard A. Norris’ anthology, the first volume of “The Church’s Bible.” If these brilliantly translated and skilfully selected excerpts from the first thousand years had not liberated my imagination from the limited way I had been taught to understand the Song of Songs, I would not have had anything either contemporary or theological to say to a chapel full of young people facing all sorts of perplexities about God and sexuality.
In my experience, the pre-critical, pre-modern interpreters have become more vibrant than ever for our post-modern era. I plan to invest in “The Church’s Bible.”
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