Dennis Johnson on the (Corporate) Purpose of Christian Preaching

In his monumental book on homiletics (and hermeneutics), Dennis E. Johnson devotes an entire chapter to Col 1.24-2.7, a passage he describes as “encapsulat[ing] in brief compass much of the Bible’s teaching on the purpose of preaching” (pg. 63).  From this passage, he extracts/unpacks the following seven themes “that conveniently summarize the apostle’s theology of… Continue reading Dennis Johnson on the (Corporate) Purpose of Christian Preaching

Kevin Vanhoozer on Acts 8 and Isaiah 53

Kevin Vanhoozer has a nice section dealing with the scriptural resignification that takes place as a part of apostolic hermeneutics: An immediate qualification is in order.  Clearly, the passage of Isaiah 53 from which the Ethiopian was reading did not in and of itself generate understanding.  The whole point of this episode in Acts 8… Continue reading Kevin Vanhoozer on Acts 8 and Isaiah 53

Al Wolters on Hermeneutics and Zechariah’s Night Visions

Al Wolters, in his very nice article “Confessional Criticism and the Night Visions of Zechariah,” (From Renewing Biblical Interpretation in Zondervan’s Scripture and Hermeneutics Series) draws out an interesting hermeneutical proposal; i.e., that of noting the coexistence of “top-down” relationships in hermeneutics with “bottom-up” relationships. Let me explain what Wolters means.  Starting at the bottom… Continue reading Al Wolters on Hermeneutics and Zechariah’s Night Visions

Michael Horton on Speech Acts and Biblical Interpretation

Long before Wittgenstein, Calvin argued in his own way, and in connection with scripture particularly, that language was suited to a form of life.  Language was not a static and immutable code to which the speaker had to submit, a type of calculative reasoning; it was a dynamic tool of human existence and divine communication. … Continue reading Michael Horton on Speech Acts and Biblical Interpretation

Avoid a Shallow Reading of the Minor Prophets

Christopher R. Seitz explains how: Attention to the canonical shaping helps us see that even the individual prophets belong to a larger history and sweep than they as individual were able to recognize at the time (and this pains Habakkuk when he does recognize it, in the transition from one age of violence, the Assyrian,… Continue reading Avoid a Shallow Reading of the Minor Prophets