By Kevin J. Vanhoozer
For the pastor or severe layperson, the area of biblical interpretation could be a complicated maze of personalities, groups, equipment, and theories. This maze can frequently lead to obscuring the most target of reading Scripture: listening to and understanding God higher. The Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible is a groundbreaking reference device that introduces readers to key names, theories, and ideas within the box of biblical interpretation. It discusses those methods and evaluates their helpfulness in permitting Christians to listen to what God is announcing to the church via Scripture. The participants come from numerous backgrounds, and the dictionary covers a extensive variety of issues with either readability and intensity.
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Certainly there is discontinuity between African religion and the biblical revelation since all cultures (and Africans are quick to point out that this includes Western cultures) participate in the fall. Biblical revelation is unique and necessary but not completely new. God’s work in Christ is seen as a completion of God’s kindness, which was always known in African societies, in which God did not leave himself without a witness (Acts 14:17). See also Augustine; Culture and Hermeneutics; Liberation Theologies and Hermeneutics Bibliography Avotri, S.
Indeed, it should become an indispensable resource for any serious student of the Bible who also regards it as Scripture—a word from God about God. And this leads to the second purpose: to provide a resource for scholars in other disciplines to employ as they seek to promote biblical wisdom in and for their own disciplinary domains. The theological interpretation of Scripture is as important for scientists and sociologists as it is for exegetes and theologians proper—for all of us need a biblically and theologically informed framework for understanding God, the world, and ourselves.
A case that he has been raised from the dead is rarely offered. , 2:36; 17:31). , 2:38; 17:30). This emphasis contrasts with the near-exclusive emphasis found in much of today’s evangelistic preaching and christological thinking on the death of Jesus. While the cross is by no means unimportant to the evangelists of Acts, it is not the sole focus of their preaching and reflection in a way that 1 Cor. 1:23–24; 2:2 might suggest, if read in isolation from the rest of that letter and the NT. Resurrection from the dead is by no means easy to proclaim to skeptical, scientifically trained, Western ears, but today’s Westerners, like their contemporaries in the east and south, are increasingly open to “spiritual” dimensions to reality, and Acts encourages today’s evangelists to give greater attention to the resurrection of Jesus in their proclamation.
Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible by Kevin J. Vanhoozer