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Mar
18

Biblical Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation

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Stanley Porter and Matthew Malcolm, eds., The Future of Biblical Interpretation: Responsible Plurality in Biblical Hermeneutics (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2013), 31–32.   Stanley Porter says there are many volumes that equate “biblical hermeneutics” with “biblical interpretation.” They no doubt are related, but are they to be equated?     I think not. Hermeneutics is…
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Feb
27

Stepping Into Mystery

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Preaching is bound to take one into regions of the Word that one can only explain as mystery. One does not have to go far. Genesis 1:1 immediately informs the reader that one has entered into a revelation in ways both impenetrable and unimaginable. Hence, I cannot recall a week when, assigned the homiletical task,…
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Feb
25

Baptism: Meaning and Mode

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The word “baptize” is a Greek word which has been adopted into the English language as part of our Christian vocabulary. The root word baptō means “to dip” or “dip into dye.” Baptizō is an intensive form of baptō and means “to dip” or “to immerse.” This word is used in the Greek translation of…
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Nov
25

The Death of the Author: An Introduction to PoMo Interpretation

Old Book. Selective focus

Have you ever been in a Bible Study where the leader carelessly asks, “So, what does this passage mean to you?” What kind of question is that? Perhaps it is an innocent, albeit poorly worded, call for personal application. But often the answers that follow touch on meanings that have nothing to do with the…
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Nov
12

Interpretation without Presuppositions? Not Possible and Not Desirable.

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I am one of those nerds who has read the Tolkien trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, well over a dozen times. I love the Peter Jackson movie adaptations too. One of my favorite scenes in the movie, The Fellowship of the Ring, is when a concerned Gandalf gently suggests to Bilbo that maybe he…
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