The Imago Dei and the “Humanity” of Scripture

In his contribution to the book Reforming or Conforming: Post-Conservative Evangelicals and the Emerging Church (Crossway, 2008), Paul Wells considers the humanity of scripture, a topic he contends has been left largely unexplored by conservative evangelicals when discussing the doctrine of Scripture. In writing of the dearth of detailed engagement with the humanity of Scripture,… Continue reading The Imago Dei and the “Humanity” of Scripture

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

The Intent(s) of the Divine and Human Writers

Another great quote by Michael Horton: In scriptural discourse the original human author may never have intended his or her words to be put to use in later, often quite distanciated, contexts, but the divine speaker is doing just that.  Thus, the story of deliverance from Egypt through the Red Sea becomes not only a… Continue reading The Intent(s) of the Divine and Human Writers

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

Abraham Kuyper on Scripture, Part 3

This post stands in line with a couple of posts I did over a year ago (Here and Here). In his The Work of the Holy Spirit, Abraham Kuyper notes that the biblical writers did not wait to start writing scripture until redemption had been fully accomplished and revelation had been fully received.  Rather, revelation… Continue reading Abraham Kuyper on Scripture, Part 3