Reading Scripture as the Church

Reading Scripture as the Church

Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Hermeneutic of Discipleship

Derek W. Taylor


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The Bible is meant to be read in the church, by the church, as the church. Although the practice of reading Scripture has often become separated from its ecclesial context, theologian Derek Taylor argues that it rightly belongs to the disciplines of the community of faith. He finds a leading example of this approach in the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who regarded the reading of Scripture as an inherently communal exercise of discipleship. In conversation with other theologians, including John Webster, Robert Jenson, and Stanley Hauerwas, Taylor contends that Bonhoeffer's approach to Scripture can engender the practices and habits of a faithful hermeneutical community. Today, as in Bonhoeffer's time, the church is called to take up and read.


Derek W. Taylor:
Derek W. Taylor (ThD, Duke University) is an assistant professor of theology and director of the Emmaus Scholars Program at Whitworth University. He previously taught at Hope College.