Hermeneutics

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    Reading Other Peoples’ Mail

    Returning from the mailbox, you flip through the stack that is your recent prize. You begin the important task of separating the pertinent letters from the ones that will be quickly discarded without even being read. Postcards and invitations in one stack, ads in another; bills, the things you...
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    Review of Reception History, Tradition and Biblical Interpretation by Robert Evans

    Robert Evans, Reception History, Tradition and Biblical Interpretation: Gadamer and Jauss in Current Practice. Library of New Testament Studies 510; Scriptural Traces: Critical Perspectives on the Reception and Influence of the Bible 4. London: Bloomsbury, 2014. ISBN: 9780567655400. Hardcover. Retail Price: £65.00. In Reception History, Tradition, and Biblical Interpretation,...
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    Review of The Future of Biblical Interpretation

    Edited by Stanley E. Porter and Matthew R. Malcolm. The Future of Biblical Interpretation: Responsible Plurality in Biblical Hermeneutics. IVP Academic, 2013. 165 pgs. $14.40 (Paperback). The Future of Biblical Interpretation: Responsible Plurality in Biblical Hermeneutics, is a collection of essays initially presented at a conference held at the...
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    Teaching Galatians in India

    During my spring break I was able to go on a trip to India with my officemate Chris Brewer and his dad Gary. We began our trip in Imphal, which is the capital of the state of Manipur in the northeast (we weren’t far from the border of Burma)....
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    Choosing Church: With a Clerical Collar

    A couple of weeks ago, I thought about what impressions wearing clerical collar might give to different people, and reasons why an Evangelical minister part of an Anglian or Presbyterian tradition might choose to not wear one, and whether the choice might be a theological stance. I have never understood Hans-Georg Gadamer...
  • Getting the Most out of Your Bible: Gaining Insights from Genre

    Sound hermeneutics requires an understanding of how communication works. The Bible, after all, is God’s authoritative communication to us. There are three components of communication: words, genre, and message. “Words” refers to what we say; “genre” to the way we say it; and “message” to the reason for saying...
  • Star Wars, Canon, and Biblical Hermeneutics

    If you were going to introduce the Star Wars saga to someone who has never seen the movies, how would you do it? Since there are two trilogies that were not produced in chronological order a true dilemma emerges. I just read a brilliant article by Rod Hilton addressing...
  • The Bones of Biblical Preaching (Guest Post)

    Accuracy in preaching has never been more important than it is today. In the 800s, it mattered less if preachers thought the Bible taught the earth was the center of the universe. Everyone believed that. In the 1400s, it mattered less if preachers taught a flat earth. People believed...
  • My new article in Westminster Theological Journal with Dr. Jon Lunde

    A few weeks ago I posted a link to an article that I co-wrote with Dr. Jonathan M. Lunde for the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. That article was on the use of Isaiah in Ephesians 5.14. This new article — “Paul’s Creative and Contextual Use of Psalm 68 in Ephesians 4:8,” Westminster...
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    Raging Bull: How the Bible Bashed my Face In

    One of the most difficult tasks of the serious Bible student is to read the Bible as the word of God and not as an assignment. Like most people, I changed major three times during my first year of college. First, I was an engineering major. This was, without...
  • Hermeneutics of Love (Guest Post)

    Withstanding the apostles and Jesus himself, Saint Aurelius Augustine is arguably the greatest Christian theologian of the first millennium.  His contributions to the understanding and development of Bible interpretation are incalculable.  He was a man ahead of his time.  Indeed many of the current debates on hermeneutics and postmodern...
  • David’s Tent as Temple in Amos 9: WTJ Article Summary

    This week the new issue of the Westminster Theological Journal was made available.  I am grateful to have been able to contribute to the esteemed Reformed journal and I thought I’d provide a brief summary of my new article.  If you’re interested in reading it the full bibliographic details...
  • Chalcedonian Hermeneutics

    As orthodox Christians we all readily affirm the Chalcedonian Definition of Christology.  Jesus the Messiah has two natures; being both completely human and completely divine.  These two natures are distinct from each other, yet are united in the single person of Christ.  All Christological heresies abandon at least one...