Fundamentalism and Interpretation (Vanhoozer)

Vanhoozer I have always been skeptical and uneasy about a fundamentalist method of interpreting Scripture. Although I have several other reasons for my unease, one worth mentioning is Kevin Vanhoozer's helpful critique of the fundamentliast hermeneutic in Is There a Meaning in This Text? Below are a few excerpts. Though fundamentalists cry "back to the texts themselves!" In reality they tend… Continue reading Fundamentalism and Interpretation (Vanhoozer)

A Literal Translation?

I used to think "literal" Bible translations were the best.  I no longer hold that view for several different reasons which would take too much time to discuss here.  However, I do want to point out just one small part of this bigger discussion by noting a helpful section of Kevin Vanhoozer's Is There a Meaning in… Continue reading A Literal Translation?

Vanhoozer on the Church’s Drama

Sort of on the same lines as the last few posts on worship, here's Vanhoozer on the church's drama (he's not talking about movies or skits!). "It is an unfathomable, if not unpardonable, sin to drain the drama out of the biblical story of redemption.  Dedramatization happens in one of two ways: either one dilutes… Continue reading Vanhoozer on the Church’s Drama

The Big Wide World of Authorial Intent and Allusion

In the book I've recently been reviewing here,  We Become What We Worship,  G. K. Beale argues forcefully that intertextual biblical allusions are always consistent to their historical and grammatical context (c.f. Beale's The Erosion of Inerrancy in Evangelicalism, p.91-92, 105, etc.).  Perhaps in other words, the human authors of Scripture quoted other Scripture using… Continue reading The Big Wide World of Authorial Intent and Allusion

New Baker Theological Interpretation Material

Piggybacking off The Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible (DTIB), Baker has released two similar volumes, namely Theological Interpretation of the Old Testament and Theological Interpretation of the New Testament, edited by a favorite of the Reformed Reader, Kevin Vanhoozer.  After scanning them briefly via Amazon's reader, I noticed they would be somewhat helpful,… Continue reading New Baker Theological Interpretation Material