Christian Humanist Profiles 86: Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels

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To speak the Bible does not always mean citations with footnotes, does not always come with a declaration that “This is what MY Bible says!”  Those with ears to hear will also find, in the narratives of the four gospels, echoes.  Sometimes a character in the story will speak a phrase from a prophet in a conversation with a stranger.  Sometimes the setting of a scene whispers stories from Moses or Abraham or moments even older.  And sometimes a simple deed, narrated without ornament, will invoke one of God’s mighty saving acts without even repeating a phrase.  To hear such echoes requires faithful, disciplined listening, and that sort of listening our challenge when we read Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels, the new book by Richard B. Hays from Baylor University Press.

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