The practice of seeing and reading Scripture through the redemptive-historical approach is one that finds its root in the Bible. This article shows how this practice disappeared during the Middle Ages under the fourfold sense interpretation of Scripture. However, the redemptive-historical interpretation approach was not lost forever, it was recovered under the Reformation. This article discusses this rediscovery.
What is redaction criticism? Osborne argues that it is a very positive tool for biblical interpretation. The aim of this article is to apply redaction criticism to the Great Commission in Matthew 28:16-20, to work towards a better understanding of the passage. Osborne then wants to apply it for a better understanding of inerrancy.
The authors reflect upon the context of postmodernism in which the church finds itself and the impact it has on both an evangelical understanding of the authority of Scripture and a hermeneutic that allows believers to understand and apply God's Word to different aspects of the Christian faith and life.
This article suggests that early Christian teaching consisted largely of a new understanding and interpretation of the message of the Old Testament. The primary means through which the Christian faith was communicated was the Jewish Scriptures. It indicates that early interpretation treated the Old Testament as a historical narrative of God's dealings with his people.
Preaching cannot be separated from the interpretation of Scripture. Reflection on the work of E. D. Hirsch Jr. naturally finds a place in reflection on homiletics. This article argues that the hermeneutic of Hirsch has much to offer expository preaching. This article tries to answer the following questions: What are the basic hermeneutic contentions of Hirsch?
Is there a specific pattern according to which the Israelites or the New Testament church divided the history of salvation into periods? Usually there is a division separating the time before the birth of Jesus Christ and the time after his resurrection. Different subdivisions then followed naturally. This is a way to seek meaning and purpose in history. The author notes different schemes of periodization among the ancients—those of the Jewish tradition, apocalyptic literature, and pseudepigraphic literature.
The Second Council of Constantinople anathematized the literal historical approach of interpreting Scripture associated with the School of Antioch as the breeder of heresy, while the council embraced allegory as the proper method of interpretation. This article looks at the historical account of these events.