Richard B. Hays is former dean and George Washington Ivey Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Duke Divinity School. He is internationally recognized for his work on the letters of Paul and New Testament ethics. His book The Moral Vision of the New Testament was selected by Christianity Today as one of the 100 most important religious books of the twentieth century.
"Richard Hays is arguably the most significant American New
Testament scholar and theological interpreter of Scripture of the
last half-century. Many of the essays in this wide-ranging
collection have been groundbreaking and discipline-shaping. Each
one is highly perceptive both exegetically and theologically, for
those dimensions of interpretation merge seamlessly in these
exemplary pieces of rigorous scholarship as Christian discipleship.
For many years I have told students and colleagues to read
everything that Richard Hays writes; accomplishing that satisfying
task is now much easier."
-- Michael J. Gorman
St. Mary's Seminary & University, Baltimore
"This fine collection of essays represents the work of an
outstanding scholar at the top of his game--intellectually
rigorous, wide-ranging, and full of profound reflections that will
enrich all those engaged in the theological interpretation of
-- John M. G. Barclay
Durham University "Richard B. Hays opens this volume by modestly invoking Jesus's parable about wheat and weeds growing together. But readers of Reading with the Grain of Scripture--and there will be many--will likely invoke a later line from Matthew 13: the scribe trained for the kingdom of heaven who 'brings out of the treasure both what is new and what is old.' Here we see both the abiding concerns of Hays's career and their recent inflection in a volume that takes us across the canon of the New Testament and into the life of this fine interpreter. A most welcome contribution!"
-- Beverly Roberts Gaventa
Baylor University "This is a veritable feast for those of us who've followed Richard Hays's work over the years. This collection of wide-ranging essays touches on all the major themes of Richard's exegetical and theological work. A great introduction for those still unfamiliar, a deeper dive for the devoted followers."
-- Gary A. Anderson
University of Notre Dame