How Paul Read and Interpreted Isaiah (Hays)

Richard Hays’ book, The Conversation of the Imagination, is a helpful resource for insight into how the apostle Paul viewed the Old Testament Scriptures. This book is a collection of essays that Hays wrote and published elsewhere; it’s nice to have it in one volume. There are ten chapters that cover topics like the role… Continue reading How Paul Read and Interpreted Isaiah (Hays)

Rome, the Radical Reformation, and Exegesis (Muller)

 Among other things, the Protestant Reformation was brought about by a return to Scripture and it's teachings.  Obviously, this is a huge discussion and it's even hard to know where to begin when discussing this topic.  What got me thinking of this today is a paragraph I read in Richard Muller's volume on "Holy Scripture"… Continue reading Rome, the Radical Reformation, and Exegesis (Muller)

Spurgeon’s Allegorizing

  Charles Spurgeon mentioned to his students that within certain limits it was OK to "spiritualize" a text.  He spent some time explaining this point in Lectures to My Students.  It's not exactly easy to get a precise definition of what it means to "spiritualize" a text; it has to do with the interpretation of… Continue reading Spurgeon’s Allegorizing

Figures of Speech in the Bible (Bullinger)

 The text of Scripture, like other texts and writings, contains many figures of speech.  The Bible is not a textbook or manual that uses wooden propositions that are always literal and bland.  When you read recipes or the instructions for your daughter's new bike, you're not going to find many figures of speech.  You'll just… Continue reading Figures of Speech in the Bible (Bullinger)

Reading Scripture Like the Ethiopian Eunuch (Calvin)

 The Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8 can teach us today quite a bit about reading Scripture.  While on the long ride home from Jerusalem to Ethiopia, this man was reading Isaiah (presumably someone else was driving!).  He kept reading even though he didn't understand it all.  When Philip asked him about the text, the eunuch… Continue reading Reading Scripture Like the Ethiopian Eunuch (Calvin)