Scriptural Imagination

At Duke Divinity School, I learned greater appreciation for how Scripture shapes the imagination. As New Testament professor Richard Hays writes, “Scriptural imagination is the faculty that enables us to see the world through the lenses of the Bible’s images and stories—and to be transformed by what we see. To exercise scriptural imagination does not mean living in a fantasy world where we ignore the daily realities around us; rather it is to have our eyes opened to recognize that the story Scripture tells is the true story of the world.” This quote comes from the article “Forming the Scriptural Imagination” that was published in the school’s Spring 2013 journal. The entire issue is devoted to the topic. Three Duke faculty, Dr. Ellen F. Davis, Dr. Richard Hays, and Dr. Stanley Hauerwas also presented a panel discussion on Scriptural imagination. Check out the video below: