Is there a hermeneutical gap between the Bible and today? This article answers in the negative as it addresses the typical arguments made for the gap, namely, the arguments of time and culture.
This essay wrestles with the applicability of the Law of Moses to the New Testament church. Can we make a distinction between the Ten Commandments and laws on the liturgical aspects of the life of Israel? The essay emphasizes the contextual nature of the Mosaic Law and its function in that particular redemptive-historical context. The distinction often made between some of the laws as "moral" and others not, is rejected as methodologically objectionable.
What is the impact of certain pre-understandings on any attempt to articulate sound biblical ethics? Socio-cultural conditioned ideas have an enormous influence on how ethics are formulated. This essay wants to explore this hermeneutical reality. The essay promotes awareness of cultural conditioning and cultural varieties.
Was John the Baptist the fulfillment of the promise of Malachi 3 and Malachi 4 concerning the prophet who was to come on the day of the Lord? Kaiser offers a hermeneutical solution to this question as a generic fulfillment, meaning that Elijah has come "in the spirit and power" witnessed in John the Baptist, and will yet come in the future.
This document contains course material used as an introduction to the methods and tools for New Testament exegesis. It introduces students to a number of hermeneutical issues related to interpreting the New Testament. The focus of this course is on the basic steps in the exegesis of the New Testament.