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

Vanhoozer on Proof-texting

Kevin Vanhoozer, in his excellent book The Drama of Doctrine, gives the reader some things to consider about proof-texting (compiling a list of texts to prove a point).  To be sure, Vanhoozer certainly affirms that texts teach us doctrinal truth, but he says they do more than that.  For now, note what he says about the dangers of… Continue reading Vanhoozer on Proof-texting

Apocalyptic Symbols of Scripture

While studying the apocalyptic portions of Scripture, here is a good one liner worth pondering: "The symbols are not interested in mediating information so much as they are intended to alter perception." Note: in the context of this quote, Jacobsen is discussing how Scripture doesn't simply pass along informative facts or propositions; Scripture does things to… Continue reading Apocalyptic Symbols of Scripture

Hebrew Grammar, Linguistics, and Justification

What do Hebrew grammar, linguistics, and justification have to do with one another? Quite a bit, if you ask me (us). In An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax, Bruce Waltke and M. O' Conner give us some implicit clues. In their discussion of a certain verb (the Piel stem, to be precise), they note a… Continue reading Hebrew Grammar, Linguistics, and Justification