Bibliography of Literature

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Some of the papers – mostly unpublished – in the following Bibliography were presented at one of several consultations on biblical hermeneutics; these consultations were sponsored by/for Mennonite college Bible faculties, seminary Bible faculties, or alumni or several groups together. Since the historical record of these endeavors contributes to our self-understanding, I have listed these consultations in chronological order; the numbers at the end indicate which papers in the Bibliography were presented on that occasion. The abbreviation-code for each consultation/workshop on the left is used in the Bibliography to indicate the occasion when the paper was presented. Articles which appear in this volume are designated [Essays BI] at the end of the entry.

BeC 1964 Menno Simons Lectures on “Anabaptist Interpretation of Scripture,” delivered at Bethel College, October 25-28, 1964. Nos. 6, 7, 9, 12, 17, 19.

GBSA 1966 Goshen College Biblical Seminary Regional Alumni Meeting at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, March 29, 1966. Nos. 24, 26.

GBSA 1967 Goshen College Biblical Seminary Alumni Workshop on Hermeneutics at GCBS (Goshen), March 27-30, 1967. Nos. 3, 33.

CMS 1969 Consultation on Anabaptist-Mennonite theology convened by the Council of Mennonite Seminaries at Aspen, Colorado, July 15-21, 1969. No. 37.

BfC 1974 Hermeneutics Workshop for Mennonite college and seminary Bible faculties at Bluffton College, May 3-5, 1974. Nos. 1, 4, 34, 40, 63.

CGC 1975 Historical Jesus Consultation for Mennonite biblical scholars at Conrad Grebel College, May 9-11, 1975. Nos. 58, 62, 64.

CMS 1977 Biblical Hermeneutics Consultation convened by Council of Mennonite Seminaries at LaGrange, Illinois, April 3-7, 1977. Nos. 2, 55, 60, 66, 74, 78, 79, 86.

MCGB 1984 “Conversations on Faith” Consultation at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center convened by The Mennonite Church General Board, February 27-29, 1984. Nos. 65, 67, 70, 75, 77.

Readers of this volume who may wish to purchase copies of these papers may do so from the Institute of Mennonite Studies (five cents per page plus postage) for GBS/CMS-sponsored events. Other papers should be ordered from the author or the sponsoring agency.

I. Historical Studies: Sixteenth Century

1. Beachy, Alvin. “The Bible as Witness to Revelation.” BfC 1974.

2. Dyck, C. J. “Hermeneutics and Discipleship.” CMS 1977. Published in De Geest in Het Geding. Amsterdam: H.D.Tjeenk Willink, 1978. [Essays BI, 29-44].

3. Garber, S. David. “Hermeneutic Interests Among the Anabaptists.” GBSA 1967.

4. Klaassen, Walter. “Anabaptist Hermeneutics.” BfC 1974. [Essays BI, 5-10].

5. ------. “The Anabaptist View of the Scriptures II.” MennLife 19 (July 1964), 113-116.

6. ------. “The Bern Debate: Christ the Center of Scripture.” MQR 40 (April 1966), 148-156. [Essays BI, 106-14].

7. ------. “Speaking in Simplicity: Balthasar Hubmaier.” MQR 40(April 1966), 139-47.

8. ------. “Word, Spirit, and Scripture in Early Anabaptist Thought.” Ph.D. Diss., University of Oxford, 1960.

9. Klassen, William. “Anabaptist Hermeneutics: The Letter and the Spirit.” MQR 40(April 1966), 83-86. [Essays BI, 77-90].

10. ------. Covenant and Community; The Life, Writings and Hermeneutics of Pilgram Marpeck. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 1968.

11. ------. “The Hermeneutics of Pilgram Marpeck.” Th. D. Diss., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1960.

12. ------. “The Relation of the Old and New Covenants in Pilgrim Marpeck’s Theology,” MQR 40 (April 1966), 97-111. [Essays BI, 91-105]. Also “The Relation of Old and New Covenant in Biblical Theology.” In The Witness of the Holy Spirit; Proceedings of 8th Mennonite World Conference, Amsterdam, 1967. Ed.C. J. Dyck. Elkhart, Ind.: Mennonite World Conference, 1967. Pp. 371-79.

13. Ollenburger, Ben. “The Hermeneutics of Obedience: A Study of Anabaptist Hermeneutics.” Direction 6 (April 1977), 19-29. Revised, Essays BI, 45-61]

14. Penner, Bruno A. “The Anabaptist View of the Scripture.” Th.M. Thesis at Bethany and Mennonite Biblical Seminaries, Chicago, 1955.

15. Poettcker, Henry. “Anabaptist Mennonite Hermeneutics in the 16th Century.: In The Witness of the Holy Spirit. Op.cit. Pp. 363-371.

16. ------. “The Anabaptist View of the Scriptures I.” MennLife 19(July 1964), 110-112.

17. ------. “Biblical Controversy on Several Fronts.” MQR 40 (April 1966), 127-138.

18. ------. “The Hermeneutics of Menno Simons: An Investigation of the Principles of Interpretation Which Menno Brought to his Study of Scripture.” Th.D. Diss., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1961.

19. ------. “Menno Simons’ Encounter with the Bible.” MQR 40 (April 1966), 112-126. (Essays BI, 62-76].

20. Schlabach, Ervin. “The Rule of Christ Among the Early Swiss Anabaptists.” ThD Diss., Chicago Theological Seminary, 1977.

21. Wenger, J. C. “The Biblicism of the Anabaptists.” In The Recovery of the Anabaptist Vision, ed. by Guy F. Hershberger (Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1957), pp. 167-179.

22. Wenger, J. C., ed. “An Early Anabaptist Tract on Hermeneutics.”MQR 42(Jan 1968), 26-44.

23. Wiswedel, W. “The Inner and Outer Word: A Study in Anabaptist Doctrine of Scripture.” MQR 26(July 1952), 171-91.

24. Yoder, J. H. “The Hermeneutics of the Anabaptists.” MQR 41(Oct 1967), 291-308. (GBSA 1966), [Essays BI, 11-28].

II. Historical Studies: Seventeenth- Twentieth Centuries

25. Friesen, John. “The Bible in Mennonite History.” The Mennonite. Feb. 12, 1980, 98-99.

26. Kraus, C. Norman. “American Mennonites and the Bible.” MQR 41 (Oct 1967), 309-329 (GBSA 1966], [Essays BI , 131-50].

27. Kuiper, Frits. “The Pre-eminence of the Bible in Mennonite History.” MQR 41(July 1967), 223-38.

III. Statements of Anabaptist-Mennonite Views

28. Augsburger, Myron S. Principles of Biblical Interpretation in Mennonite Theology. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1967.

29. Bender, Harold S. Biblical Revelation and Inspiration. Focal Pamphlet No. 4. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1959.

30. Biblical Interpretation in the Life of the Church: A Summary Statement. Adopted by The Mennonite Church General Assembly, June 1977. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1977.

31. Mennonite Encyclopedia. “Bible,” Vol. I. pp. 322-324, by H. S. Bender; “Bible, Inner and Outer Word,” Vol. I, pp. 324-328, by Wilhelm Wiswedel; “Old Testament,” Vol. IV, pp. 49-51, by William Klassen.

IV. Mennonite Study of Theological Ethical Issues in Twentieth Century Biblical Hermeneutics

32. Bedsworth, Phil. “Biblical Authority.” Gospel Herald. Feb. 1, 1983, 73-75.

33. Garber, David. “Sketches of Some Issues in Contemporary Hermeneutics.” GBSA 1967.

34. Harder, Helmut. “The Tension Between Method and Content in Contemporary Theology.” BfC 1974.

35. Harder, Leland. “An Interpretation of Anabaptist Preaching.” Unpub. paper, 1976.

36. Janzen, Waldemar. “The Meaning of the Bible for Today: An Essay in Hermeneutics.” Mimeographed paper, CMBC, 1968.

37. Klassen, William. “What Does It Mean to be Biblical.” Consultation on Anabaptist Mennonite Theology. Ed. by A. J. Klaassen. CMS 1970.

38. Lind, Millard. “The Hermeneutics of the Old Testament.” MQR 40(July 1966), 227-37.

39. “Reflections on Biblical-Hermeneutics.” In Kingdom, Cross and Community. Edited by J. R. Burkholder and Calvin Redekop. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1976. Pp. 91-102. [Essays BI, 151-64].

40. ------. “The Old Testament and the Believers’ Church.” BfC 1974.

41. Loewen, Howard. “Biblical Infallibility: An Examination of Lindsell’s Thesis.” Direction 6(April 1977), 3-18.

42. Loewen, Jacob A. Can It Be Real if it is Expressed in Metaphor.” Direction 12(Jan 1983), 11-13.

43. Martens, Elmer. “Getting it Biblically Straight About the Middle East.” CMS 1977.

44. ------. God’s Design: A Focus on Old Testament Theology. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1981.

45. Miller, John. “The Historical Jesus, the Anabaptist Vision, and the Christianity of the Future.” Unpub. paper, 1971.

46. Miller, Steve. “Inerrancy and Authority.” Direction 12(Jan 1983), 3-9.

47. Ramseyer, Robert. “Without Cultural Anthropology There Is No Proper Biblical Interpretation.” AMBS chapel talk, 1974.

48. Schloneger, Weldon. “Biblical Authority.” The Mennonite. March 4, 1980, 150-151.

49. Schroeder, David. “Interpreting the Bible.” The Mennonite. March 4, 1980, 152-153.

50. Stoner, John K. “The Authority of the Bible.” Gospel Herald. March 28, 1978, 254-55.

51. Swartley, Willard. “The Bible: Of the Church and Over the Church.” Gospel Herald. April 6, 1976, 282-83.

52. ------. Slavery, Sabbath, War and Women: Case Issues in Biblical Interpretation. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1983. See pp. 337-42 for an extensive bibliography of Mennonite writings on War; several of the entries on slavery and women are also by Mennonite authors.

53. Wenger, J. C. God’s Word Written: Essays on the Nature of Biblical Revelation, Inspiration and Authority. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1966.

V. Bible Study Method (incl. Response to Historical-Critical Method)

54. Berg, Kenneth H. “Case Studies on Hermeneutics.” Direction 6 (April 1977), 32-35.

55. Brunk, George R. III. “The Journey to Emmaus – and to Faith: An Illustration of Historical-Critical Method.” CMS 1977. [Essays BI, 203-22).

56. Brunk, George R. III and Paul M. Zehr. “Risks in the Non-use (1) and Use (2) of the Critical Method.” The Seminarian, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Dec. 1977.

57. Charles, Howard. “Biblical Hermeneutics: Some Considerations.” CBS mimeographed paper, 1962.

58. Elias, Jacob. “Critical Review of Keck’s A Future for the Historical Jesus.” CGC 1975.

59. Engle, James R. “The Bible Guides My Life.” The Mennonite. Dec. 1, 1981, 678-9.

60. Enz, Jacob J. “Canon: Creative Biblicism As a Hermeneutical Principle.” CMS 1977. [Essays BI, 165-77).

61. Esau, John A. “Approaches to Bible Study.” The Mennonite. Feb. 10, 1981, 82-3.

62. Klassen, William. “Criteria for Arriving at a Genuine Jesus Saying.” CGC 1975.

63. Miller, John W. “Shall We Tell the Truth: An Inquiry into Hermeneutical Prevarication.” BfC 1974.

64. ------. “The Sanity of the Historical Jesus.” CGC 1975.

65. Mayer, Willard. “The Use of Biblical Criticism.” MCGB 1984.

66. Miller, Marlin. “Criticism and Analogy in Historical-Critical Interpretation.” CMS 1977. [Essays BI, 223-36].

67. Nyce, Dorothy Yoder. “The Use of Biblical Criticism.” MCCB 1984.

68. Schroeder, David. Learning to Know the Bible. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1966.

69. Swartley, Willard. “Beyond the Historical-Critical Method.” (Essays BI, 237-64). Also AMBS chapel talk with same title, 1979.

70. ------.“The Use of Biblical Criticism.” MCGB 1984.

71. ------. See Slavery, Sabbath…, above.

72. Yoder, Perry. From Word to Life: A Guide to the Art of Bible Study. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1982.

73. ------. Toward Understanding the Hermeneutics for Lay People. Newton, KS.: Faith and Life Press, 1978.

74. Yoder, John H. “The Authority of the Canon.” CMS 1977. (Revised, Essays BI, 265-90].

75. Yoder, J. Otis. “The Use of Biblical Criticism.” MCGB 1984.

76. Zehr, Paul M. See Brunk, No. 56 above.

77. ------. “The Use of Biblical Criticism.” MCGB 1984.

VI. Use of the Bible in the Church

78. Bender, Ross T. “Teaching the Bible in the Congregation.” CMS, 1977. [Essays BI, 291-302].

79. Detweiler, Richard C. “Teaching the Bible in the Congregation.” CMS 1977. [Essays BI, 303-14].

80. Dick, Mervin. “Preaching With Authority.” Direction 12 (Jan 1983), 15-22.

81. Loewen, Jacob A. “The Bible on the Mission Field.” MennLife 19(July 1964), 124-28.

82. Martens, Elmer A. “Preaching from the Old Testament: Biblical Essay.” Direction 11 (April 1982), 30-39.

83. Mast, Russell L. “Aids to Bible Study.” MennLife 19(July 1964), 134-37.

84. Ramseyer, Lloyd L. “The Bible in Modern Life.” MennLife 19(July 1964), 129-33.

85. Schroeder, David. “The Bible Speaks to Us.” Builder (Oct 1973), 17-27.

86. Waltner, Erland. “Preaching the Bible in the Congregation.” CMS 1977. [Essays BI, 315-25].

VII. Story of the Bible: Mennonite Evaluation of Modern Versions

87. Ewert, David. How Our Bible Came to Us. Winnipeg, Manitoba: Mennonite Brethren Herald, 1975.

88. ------. From Ancient Tablets to Modern Translations. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1983.

89. Wenger, J. C. The Book We Call the Bible. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald, 1980.

90. Bender, Lehman, and Lind. An Examination of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1953.

91. Horning, Carl. “Which Bible Shall We Use?” [NASB, NIV, KJV, NKJV] Gospel Herald. Nov. 22, 1983, 812-14.

92. Klaassen, Walter. “Versions Ancient and Modern.” MennLife 19 (July 1964), 104-09.

93. ------. “Mennonite Bibles and Bible Translations.” MennLife 19 (July 1964), 117-23.

94. Shenk, Stanley and Gerald C. Studer. “Two More Bibles” (Reader’s Digest, NKJV]. Gospel Herald, April 19, 1983, 276-77. …

95. The Jerusalem Bible, reviewed by John W. Miller, Builder (Oct 1973), 28-31.

96. The King James Version, reviewed by Paul M. Zehr, Builder (Nov 1978), 14-17.

97. The Living Bible, reviewed by Willard Swartley, Builder (Nov 1973), 27-31.

98. The New English Bible, reviewed by Howard Charles, Builder (Sept 1973), 23-27.

99. The New International Version, introduction by J. C. Wenger and reviews by Millard Lind and George R. Brunk, III, Gospel Herald. Oct. 17, 1978, 789-795.

VII. Mennonite Biblical Commentary

100. Charles, Howard. The Story of God and His People. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1969.

101. ------. Builder Essays (25 years) in process toward book(s).

102. Miller, John W. Step by Step Through the Parables. New York and Ramsey, NJ: Paulist Press, 1981.

103. Swartley, Willard. Mark: The Way For All Nations. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1979, 1981.

104. Herald Youth and Adult Bible Studies (various authors). See especially April-June, 1969, qtr. on the Bible with many good topical essays.

Doctoral dissertations, Master’s theses, and many research papers on specific biblical passages belong also to this category, as well as published articles on biblical texts.