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Beyond the Obvious: Discover the Deeper Meaning of Scripture [Paperback]

By James B. de Young (Author) & Sarah L. Hurty (Author)
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Studio: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Pages   420
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.54" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   1.12 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 18, 2004
Publisher   Wipf & Stock Publishers
ISBN  1592446159  
ISBN13  9781592446155  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! James De Young is professor of New Testament Language and Literature at Western Seminary, Portland, OR, where he has taught for thirty-four years. seeking to extend Christian values to the community of Portland. He has served as chairman of the Hermeneutics section within the Evangelical Theological Society and he's published several books

James B. de Young currently resides in Portland, in the state of Oregon.

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A wide way to understand the scripture  Jan 14, 2008
A bold trial to understand the scriptue in a spritual manner. Most will disagree with the authers but they are deep enough to convince their point of view...
More Than One Meaning of a Scripture Passage?  Feb 24, 2006
James DeYoung and Sarah Hurty
Beyond The Obvious: Discovering the Deeper Meaning of Scripture
Reviewed by Rev. Marc Axelrod

This is a book about hermeneutics which challenges the idea that there is only one meaning for a biblical text. In chapter one, Hurty and DeYoung give many examples of how the New Testament does not use the grammatical-historical hermeneutic when it applies Old Testament texts to Jesus. Not too many of those who adhere to a strictly grammatical-historical hermeneutic would find fault with this because many exegetes in the evangelical camp acknowledge that prophecy can have an initial fulfillment and a later, fuller fulfillment. Yet it appears that on occasion, the writers seem to confuse deeper meaning with application, as is the case with their interpretation of Paul's statement from Deuteronomy 25:4.

They cite Jesus' use of Malachi in Matthew 11 as an example of how Jesus found deeper meaning in scripture. They stress that Jesus' interpretations of Malachi 3:1 and 4:5 are the essential meaning of the text even though Malachi was not aware of this at the time.

After a couple of chapters dealing with the history of interpretation, the authors come back to argue that the kingdom of God is central theme or grid by which deeper meaning can be discovered. Although the writers trace the kingdom theme throughout the Bible, and have added a more detailed appendix at the end, it can be argued that the central theme of scripture is not the kingdom, but in God's desire to have a relationship with His people.

In chapter five, the authors explain their hermeneutic more clearly. They discuss the importance of finding the essential meaning of the text (the timeless truth that may or may not have been intended by the author), and the existential truth, which is the historical particularization of that sense. The deeper meaning can be discovered by distinguishing between these two truths.

But when pressed about whether or not we can interpret the New Testament in the same manner as Paul and Jesus treated the Old Testament, the authors tentatively say `no.' Some will want to argue that they are not going far enough with their hermeneutic. Others (like myself) will want to breathe a silent breath of relief.

The text also has chapters on the role of the Spirit and the community and our own experience in discovering the deeper meaning of a text. There is a final chapter where the authors answer anticipated questions, and this is followed by a series of appendices dealing with this new paradigm's implications in a postmodern world.

The book challenged me to rethink my hermeneutic. It forced to clarify what I mean when I say that I use a literal hermeneutic. The authors convinced me that the NT doesn't always use this hermeneutic. The way I see it, distinguishing between essential and existential meaning doesn't sound a lot different from distinguishing between exegetical meaning and timeless meaning. Moreover, the existence of deeper meaning doesn't necessarily prove that the author didn't intend one timeless truth for his message. Although the book failed to persuade me on this point, it was lively discussion of hermeneutical procedure.


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