Hermeneutics 101: Reasons, Challenges, and Benefits of Biblical Interpretation
Almost ten years ago I was introduced to hermeneutics by William Klein, Craig Blomberg, and Robert Hubbard in the first semester of my M.Div. program. Thanks to their sturdy textbook resource I got a goodly introduction to the important practice of biblical interpretation. Which is why I’m thrilled they’ve updated and revised it!
Now in its third edition, Introduction to Biblical Interpretation offers concise, logical, and practical guidelines for discovering the truth in God’s Word. With updates and revisions throughout that keep pace with current scholarship, this guide offers the best, most up-to-date information needed to interpret Scripture.
But how are we to learn what the Bible says? How do we…
It’s Time to Stop Being a “Second-source Christian”
It is great to listen to pastors and student ministers. It is wonderful to hear what they think God’s Word is saying and that’s super beneficial to all of us.
But there is nothing like being able to read God’s Word for yourself.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work,” according to 2 Timothy 3:16–17.
There is nothing better than being able to dig into God’s Word, understand what it means, and feel like God is speaking to you.
The Biblical Interpretation online course will equip you to do just that.
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Dive Into the Bible eBook Sale
For the next two days, we are hosting the Dive into the Bible eBook Sale. Interpreting the Bible is hands-on work. The eBooks selected for this sale give you practical tools for understanding the Bible’s deep meaning. They will help you discover Scripture’s original message, and what Scripture means for life today.
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How Pink Floyd Explains Whether Christians Pick and Choose What to Believe
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Is Christianity just a pick-and-choose religion, as skeptics have charged, that inconsistently affirms some aspects of the Old Testament, while arbitrarily ignoring others?
John Dickson addresses this charge head-on in his new books A Doubter’s Guide to the Bible, insisting “It is not the case that modern-day Christians pick and choose the bits of the Bible they like based on cultural climate or a liking for pork.” (83)
He also points to an unlikely illustration as a helpful object lesson: Pink Floyd.
In today’s video, Dickson answers our question by pointing to his Pink Floyd t-shirt, the one from The Dark Side of the Moon with a prism. As he explains, “Think of the Old Testament as light, and the teachings, life,…
Sanders, Childs, Bakhtin and the Canonical Approach to Biblical Interpretation
The controversial status of the so-called canonical approach to biblical interpretation is almost as old as the Christian faith itself: Irenaeus argued that if the Church accepted Marcion’s rejection of the Old Testament from the canon of Christian Scriptures, the Christian faith would lose the frame of reference in which the New Testament and work of Christ was to be interpreted.
And yet, as Anthony Thiselton reveals in his essay in Canon and Biblical Interpretation, there has been a steady, growing “disintegration of an emphasis upon the unity of the biblical writings.” (1) The very idea of a canonical approach to biblical interpretation “provokes controversy, even hostility, in some circles.” (3)
What is this approach and how does it inform biblical interpretation generally?
Thiselton provides a few voices to define what a canonical approach…
Extracurricular Activities 3.7.15 — Wright on Cranfield, Inerrancy Summit, & Racial Diversity
The Reverend Professor Charles E. B. Cranfield, who has died six months short of what would have been his hundredth birthday, was one of the leading British New Testament scholars of the second half of the twentieth century. He taught in Durham for thirty years, as Lecturer (1950-62), Senior Lecturer (1962-66), Reader (1966-78) and finally in what used to be called a ‘personal chair’ (1978-80). (Throughout much of that time Professor C. K. Barrett, younger by two years, was the ‘Professor of New Testament’; Durham, like most universities then, only had one ‘professor’ in each subject.) Barrett and Cranfield lived close to one another on the western slopes of the city of Durham. They observed an old-fashioned courtesy, but students would sometimes detect a slightly frosty atmosphere between two men who were in…
Reading the Wisdom Books Canonically — An Excerpt from “Canon and Biblical Interpretation”
Canon and Biblical Interpretation is a unique, landmark volume in the “Scripture and Hermeneutics Series.” It examines the canonical approach to interpreting the Bible and the various criticisms that have been leveled against such an approach.
Leading biblical scholars contribute explore a canonical interpretation in relation to different parts of the Bible, such as the Pentateuch, the Wisdom books, the Psalms, and the Gospels. Essays address such issues as canonical authority and the controversial relationship between canonical interpretation and general hermeneutics.
In our excerpt today, Tremper Longman III explores a canonical interpretation to the wisdom literature in the Old Testament. “While there is a place for studying these books in isolation from each other,” Longman writes, “it is important to ultimately read each wisdom book in the context of the others, and also to read…
The Controversial Status of a ‘Canonical’ Approach to Biblical Interpretation — An Excerpt from “Canon and Biblical Interpretation”
Canon and Biblical Interpretation is a masterful examination of the canonical approach to interpreting Scripture, and the various criticisms that have been leveled against it.
Chapters look at canonical interpretation in relation to different parts of the Bible, such as the Pentateuch, the Wisdom books, the Psalms, and the Gospels. Articles address such issues as canonical authority and the controversial relationship between canonical interpretation and general hermeneutics.
Our excerpt today introduces the scope, premise, and unique positioning of the book in addressing the apparently controversial subject matter of interpreting Scripture canonically. As the opening pages explain, “Suspicions concerning the validity of a ‘canonical’ approach to the biblical writings have been expressed on both phenomenological and theological (or anti-theological) grounds.”
Read the excerpt and explore the…