Promise and Prayer

The Biblical Writings in the Light of Speech-Act Theory

By Anthony C. Thiselton

Promise and Prayer

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Promise and Prayer

The Biblical Writings in the Light of Speech-Act Theory

By Anthony C. Thiselton

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  • ISBN: 9781725253605
  • Pages: 126
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In the Bible, promise and prayer are essential and connected components of the inter-personal relationship between God and his people. And both promise and prayer are kinds of action undertaken by means of speaking, utterances philosophers refer to as speech acts. In the case of promises this is clear: they constitute firm commitments to act in certain ways under appropriate conditions. This book considers biblical examples of divine promise, from both Old and New Testaments. All speech acts depend upon institutional facts, and Thiselton argues that in the biblical writings Divine promises are based on the prior institution of God’s covenant.

That same covenant forms the institutional context of prayer. Thiselton shows how different kinds of prayer—blessing, thanksgiving and praise, petition and intercession—count as speech acts in different ways and to different degrees.


Endorsements & Reviews-

“Intellectually sophisticated, biblically drenched, pastorally sensitive, but most of all wise, this book could hardly have been produced by any other theologian than Anthony Thiselton. The culmination of a lifetime of scholarship and of deep faith, Promise and Prayer is elegant, readable, and profound. Not only academic theologians, but also church people of all kinds, are well served by this account of prayer.”

—Tom Greggs, Marischal Chair and Head of Divinity, University of Aberdeen



“This short study shines new light on two of the most familiar forms of biblical discourse, precisely by presenting them together. Both divine promise and human prayer are deeply interpersonal speech acts related to the ‘institutional fact’ of God’s covenant. In asking what promises and prayers do, Thiselton once again shows his ability to integrate exegesis, theology, and philosophy in illuminating new ways. And it comes with a bonus appendix: a magisterial survey of the use of speech act theory in biblical studies in general.”

—Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Research Professor of Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Contributors-

Anthony C. Thiselton

Bio(s)-

Anthony C. Thiselton is Emeritus Professor of Christian Theology in the Universities of Nottingham and Chester. He is also Emeritus Canon Theologian of Leicester and Southwell & Nottingham. He is author of some thirty-five books.

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