Jung and the Bible

By Wayne Rollins

Jung and the Bible

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  • ISBN: 9781625642615
  • Pages: 164
  • Publication Date: 9/1/2013
  • Retail Price: $21.00
Web Price: $16.80
Web Price: $16.80

Jung and the Bible

By Wayne Rollins

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  • ISBN: 9781625642615
  • Pages: 164
  • Publication Date: 9/1/2013
  • Retail Price: $21.00
Web Price: $16.80

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Out of the life and thought of a noted psychologist, Carl Jung, comes a captivating approach to reading and interpreting the Bible. The book opens with the question, "Why is it that the images, characters, and stories of Scripture have the power to catalyze the imagination of the human psyche, not only among religious people, but also among artists, moviemakers, playwrights, and songwriters, some of whom are disenchanted with church, clergy, and established religion?" The answer to the question begins with Jung's statement that the Bible is an "utterance of the soul."
Jung sees the Bible as a treasury of the soul (psyche), that is, the testimony of our spiritual ancestors proclaiming in history and law, prophecy and psalm, gospel and epistle, genealogy and apocalypse, their experience of the holy, and drawing us and others through us into that experience.
The Bible is no stranger to Carl Jung. No document is cited by Jung more often, and no cast of characters from any tradition is summoned to the stage of Jung's discourse with greater regularity than are the Adams and Abrahams, the Melchizedeks and Moseses, the Peters and Pauls of Judaeo-Christian Scripture--185 biblical figures in all.
Beyond that, the realities and experiences that concern Jung most are also those that occupy prime attention in the writings of biblical authors: a sense of soul, of personal destiny and call; an openness to the wisdom of dreams, revelations, and visions; the power of symbols and archetypal images; the riddle of evil within God's world; and above all, the sense of God--the numinous, the Holy, at the center of things.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"Jung and the Bible is a short but exceptionally clear book, not only introducing Carl G. Jung and his work of word association, dream, analysis, archetypes, and symbols, but also leading to a new method of biblical interpretation. . . . Rollins shows a sensitivity to Catholic and Protestant traditions of biblical studies and indicates how psychological and psychoanalytic insights support, enrich, and further nuance more customary methods of biblical study."
--The Bible Today (1984)

"I'm venturing a course this fall under the banner of 'Freud, James, Jung as Pastoral Theologians,' in which all the reading will be in primary sources from one of the big three, except for your gem, Jung and the Bible. I just don't know any better way for people to come to know Jung intimately. It is such a lucid and penetrating account; it makes Jung accessible without losing any of his power. In fact it shows him powerfully at work . . ."
--Personal letter from Dr. James Dittes, Professor of Psychology of Religion, Yale University (1984)

"What a shame that I'm the first to write a review for this excellent 1983 book . . . . I suppose that had I still been teaching I would have selected Rollins' book as a text, given its focus on the Bible, but I don't think there would have been a better one. Next to Fordham's old book, this is the clearest exposition of Jung's positions that I've seen . . ."
--Amazon.com review by Mona Gustafson Affinito, PhD (2013)

Contributors-

Wayne Rollins

Bio(s)-

Wayne G. Rollins received his B. A. from Capital University in Columbus , Ohio, and the B.D., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale. He has taught at Princeton University, Wellesley College, and Hartford Seminary Foundation, and served as Director of the Graduate Program in Religious Studies and Ecumenical Institute at Assumption College, Worcester, MA. He is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. His publications include The Gospels: Portraits of Christ (1963), Soul and Psyche, the Bible in Psychological Perspective (1999). He co-edited four volumes with J. Harold Ellens on Psychology and the Bible: A New Way to Read the Scriptures (2004) and Psychological Insight Into The Bible: Texts And Readings (2007) with D. Andrew Kille. In 2012, at the University of Amsterdam, colleagues presented Rollins with a Festschrift volume of essays , entitled Psychological Hermeneutics for Biblical Themes and Texts, edited by J. Harold Ellens. It honored Rollins' 1991 founding of the Psychology and Biblical Studies Section of the Society of Biblical Literature, an international organization of biblical scholars. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Assumption College and serves as Adjunct Professor of Scripture at Hartford Seminary.

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