Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Introducing Biblical Hermeneutics A Comprehensive Framework for Hearing God in Scripture by Craig G. Bartholomew

★★★★ ☐ The publisher has provided a copy for review.
I teach hermeneutics in Asia - and it's a fascinating subject. I know I know ... the title sounds like something from sci-fi language. The gist of "hermeneutics" = a method of interpretation, esp. scripture.

Bartholomew begins with a viewpoint that is trinitarian, centered on Christ, and considers the scriptures to be God's authoritative revelation of himself, humans, and the created universe. Obedience to the revelation is primary, beyond scholarship and insight. The author explores "why to" as well as "how to."

I was drawn in immediately by the author's "philosophy of listening" to the text. My primary mode of daily scripture intake is listening via YouVersion. The Word comes alive as I hear it in blocks of 15 / 30 / or 60 minutes. But hearing demands deeper interaction and study, beyond mere listening.

The interaction of philosophy, biblical scholarship, and faith (def. trusting obedience, says theologian Waldemar Kowalski) produces a transformation in understanding scripture. It also increases our desire to know and please God.

I will integrate information from this volume into future courses. The combination of historical studies, spiritual disciplines, and insights into approaching the text make this a valuable addition to current hermeneutical books.

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