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Has the Church Misread the Bible (Foundations Of Contemporary Interpretation Series)

Has the Church Misread the Bible (Foundations Of Contemporary Interpretation Series)

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- Publisher With a unique and stimulating perspective on the history of interpretation this book provides a guideline for the use of dictionaries and word studies.

- Publisher In this, the first volume of Foundations of Contemporary Interpretation, Moises Silva presents a unique and practical perspective on the history of interpretation. 'I do not intend to provide in this volume a full-blown history of biblical hermeneutics . . . (Rather,) my thesis is that this history is characterized by the church's appreciation, sometimes implicit rather than consciously formulated, that we face a series of difficult 'tensions' in our reading of Scripture . . . . The attempt to hold these seeming polarities in tension is the principle that brings unity to the great diversity of problems surrounding the history of biblical interpretation.' Some examples of these areas of tension are, 'To what extent should we understand the biblical language as being literal and to what extent as figurative?' 'The Bible is God's Word, yet what it has come to is through human beings and in human form.' 'The commands of God are absolute, yet the historical context of the writings appear to relativize certain elements.' 'God's message should be clear, yet many passages seem to be ambiguous.' By showing how the church in the past has dealt with these same issues, Silva provide the reader with a clearer insight into the contemporary problems of interpretation.

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About "Has the Church Misread the Bible (Foundations Of Contemporary Interpretation Series)"

144 Pages
- Publisher

With a unique and stimulating perspective on the history of interpretation this book provides a guideline for the use of dictionaries and word studies.
- Publisher

In this, the first volume of Foundations of Contemporary Interpretation, Moises Silva presents a unique and practical perspective on the history of interpretation. 'I do not intend to provide in this volume a full-blown history of biblical hermeneutics . . . (Rather,) my thesis is that this history is characterized by the church's appreciation, sometimes implicit rather than consciously formulated, that we face a series of difficult 'tensions' in our reading of Scripture . . . . The attempt to hold these seeming polarities in tension is the principle that brings unity to the great diversity of problems surrounding the history of biblical interpretation.' Some examples of these areas of tension are, 'To what extent should we understand the biblical language as being literal and to what extent as figurative?' 'The Bible is God's Word, yet what it has come to is through human beings and in human form.' 'The commands of God are absolute, yet the historical context of the writings appear to relativize certain elements.' 'God's message should be clear, yet many passages seem to be ambiguous.' By showing how the church in the past has dealt with these same issues, Silva provide the reader with a clearer insight into the contemporary problems of interpretation.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Moises Silva

Moises Silva (PhD, University of Manchester) has taught biblical studies at Westmont College, Westminster Theological Seminary, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the revising editor of the Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible and the author of six books, including Biblical Words and Their Meaning, a commentary on Philippians, and Interpreting Galatians.

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A Must and Helpful Read For Those Who Want to Know the Issues Faced in Biblical Interpretation
4 stars By Dr. Bernard Low, Sep 05 2016
This helpful book introduces the reader to the issues, challenges and complexities in rightly interpreting and understanding the Bible. The hermeneutical challenges come from philosophy, literary criticism, linguistics, history, science as well as theology. The nature of the Bible also poses different issues including "To what extent should we understand the biblical language as being literal and to what extent figurative?"; "How do we reconcile the humanness of the Bible with it being the Word of God?"; "What about the claim that the Bible is perspicuous and yet there are ambiguous passages?"; and, last but not least, "God's commands are absolute but contextualizing those commands tend to relativize certain elements." In answering these question, Moises Silva shows how the church in the past has handled these issues thereby shedding some useful perspectives on the contemporary challenges in biblical interpretation. For the student beginning a course on biblical hermeneutics, Silva's book is a must read. For the pastor who has been out of seminary for some time, this book will help to keep him informed of the current issues in biblical interpretation.
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  • Catalogue Code 24188
  • Product Code 0310409217
  • EAN 9780310409212
  • Pages 144
  • Department Academic
  • Category Scripture
  • Sub-Category Hermeneutics
  • Publisher Lightning Print
  • Publication Date Oct 1987
  • Sales Rank #19194
  • Dimensions 220 x 140 x 11 mm
  • Weight 0.136kg

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