Jung and the Bible

by Wayne G. Rollins

Book, 1983



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Atlanta, Ga. : J. Knox Press, c1983.

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153 p.; 21 cm

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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"

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This is a nifty book for those who enjoy sources of biblical interpretation from non-traditional venues. The book provides a very good definition of "archetype" - a concept difficult to explain - and other psychological concepts pertinent to Jung. Although the author writes from an evangelical
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perspective the work is not critical but explanatory. Rollins has made a great contribution the fields of psychology and religion.
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