Biblical Hermeneutics: Five Views

Another helpful debate-book:

Stanley E. Porter and Beth M. Stovell, eds. Biblical Hermeneutics: Five Views Spectrum Multiview Books. Downers Grove: IVP, 2012. 224 pp. 20-page sample PDF.

It’s not a typical debate-book format because the five views are not mutually exclusive. They overlap. Thus, Craig Blomberg writes,

As I suspected when I saw the lineup of contributors and viewpoints for this book, I found much more to agree with than to disagree with in these chapters. As I noted in my position essay, I do not wish to argue for a historical-critical/grammatical approach to the exclusion of all other approaches but for the historical-critical/grammatical approach as the necessary foundation for these other approaches. Various comments each of the other four contributions makes suggest that they either agree or should agree with this assertion, if they are consistent with what they have written. I can happily support much of what each additional perspective contributes on top of this foundation, although there are a few places where I must demur. (p. 133)

Richard Gaffin’s contribution is the one with which I find myself most in agreement. (p. 140)

My favorite quote is by Richard Gaffin:

[T]here is a difference between reading the New Testament into the Old and reading the Old Testament in light of the New. The former is wrong; the latter is not only legitimate but also requisite. (p. 177)

The book is too advanced to use as a text for an introductory hermeneutics course, but it could serve well as supplemental reading for an intermediate or advanced course.


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