This article considers some criticisms against the redemptive-movement hermeneutic. Should the redemptive intention in the Bible be taken beyond certain time-locked limits of the New Testament? Is it possible to take the redemptive intention of the New Testament beyond the Bible? What are the limits placed on our interpretation and application when we acknowledge the revelation in Jesus Christ as God's final revelation? The author responds to specific criticisms of Thomas Schreiner.
Webb proposes what he calls a redemptive-movement hermeneutic approach to understanding and applying Scripture. He first illustrates a redemptive-movement hermeneutic by reading biblical texts on slavery. Next, he addresses possible misunderstandings and misconceptions. In the third part of the article, Webb surveys four typical responses to his proposed hermeneutic, and responds to these views.
This chapter treats the gender debate that continues in the church today. Questions concerning the role of women in the church are not diminishing. On the one hand, complementarians argue that men and women are equal but have distinctive roles. On the other hand, egalitarians argue against making any role distinctions.