What a remarkable achievement, a scholarly book that is deeply creative, intellectually meaningful, spiritually important, and so beautifully written. Here is a welcome introduction to scriptural texts that are familiar and to scriptural readings that are startling. Muer's and Higton are the poets of the new British theologians, and their reputation for brilliant and thoughtful reading is best appreciated in this fine book.
Laurie Zoloth, Northwestern University
"The Text in Play offers a broad curriculum on how to read Scripture as Scripture--that is, as witness to the living God whose Word lives in a dynamic interchange with its reader. . . . It is a serious, playful read, a book you can read in one entranced sitting or again and again, a book that refreshes itself as you read it because such is the way of the Word."
--Peter Ochs, Professor of Modern Judaic Studies, University of Virginia
"Higton and Muers offer imaginative, scholarly, wise, and often exhilarating explorations of Scripture, and they have succeeded brilliantly in sharing, through their delightful, accessible style, a profound understanding of the Bible's practical implications for the twenty-first century. . . . There is an abundance of new insights and daring ideas, with extensive learning lightly worn, and through it all the attractive, serious play of fine minds and hearts in intensive engagement with deep questions."
--David F. Ford, Professor of Divinity and Director, Cambridge Inter-faith Programme, University of Cambridge