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Introducing Theological Interpretation of ScriptureHermeneutics—yet again

There's no doubt about it: hermeneutics is one of today's major issues for the church. This book looks at the idea that the church's 'Rule of Faith'—its basic doctrinal position as formulated in the historic creeds—should be allowed to exercise at least some influence on how we interpret the Bible. It is Introducing Theological Interpretation Of Scripture: Recovering A Christian Practice by Daniel J. Treier (Apollos, 2008, ISBN 978-1-84474-311-7).

Evangelicals have traditionally tended to argue the other way round: that the NT should dictate our creeds. But we need to remember that there was a considerable period after Pentecost when the NT canon had not been formalised, yet the gospel and the church made great strides during that time, under the Holy Spirit's direction. So we would be unwise to dismiss out of hand the Rule of Faith that emerged at that time. It's something to ponder.

It is a widely held consensus that "typological Interpretation is rightly viewed as the most important interpretive strategy for early Christianity. Without typology it is difficult to imagine patristic theology and the concept of Christian orthodoxy it defined and supported as existing at all." [Quoting O'Keefe and Reno]  (p45)

Clearly, not all precritical exegesis is exemplary, but the ancients do have much to teach us about reading the Bible ultimately as one book from one Author.  (p55)

The early Christians saw the Rule of Faith as a form of moral restraint, against human tendencies to twist the Scriptures in self-interested ways.  (p59)

In a broad sense, biblical theology stems from the earliest days of Christian faith, as the church fathers and even the apostles struggled to make sense of Jesus Christ in relation to the Old Testament Scriptures. Developing and deploying the Rule of Faith against false "gnostic" dichotomies between the God of Israel and the God revealed in Jesus Christ was an enterprise seeking the unified teaching of the Bible.  (p104)

Even scholars who agree on the need for theological interpretation of Scripture differ about whether or not to interpret the Old Testament "on its own terms" before or in addition to interpreting it with reference to Jesus Christ.  (p108)

The history of hermeneutical variety manifests different ways of emphasizing or coordinating the author, the text, and/or the reader... Theological hermeneutics involves thinking about the nature and nurture of interpretation in light of God, whose action puts reader, text, and author in a larger context that decisively alters the character of their interaction.  (p135)

It is now fairly commonplace to suggest that the history of the church can be seen largely as a history of biblical interpretation.  (p192)

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