Item description for Rightly Divided: Readings in Biblical Hermeneutics by Roy B. Zuck...
Overview Everyone who studies and teaches the Bible has a responsibility to accurately interpret and communicate God's message. Understanding the principles of sound interpretation, therefore, is of vital importance. Pastors, Bible teachers, and anyone who studies the Scriptures will appreciate the helpful guidance of this new collection of contemporary and classic scholarship. "Rightly Divided" brings together the insights of twenty-one experience Bible scholars in the fiels of hermeneutics, providing a basic overview of hermmenuetics and also addressing specific issues of interpretation.
Publishers Description "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.""--2 Timothy 2:15 (NKJV) Everyone who studies and teaches the Bible has a responsibility to accurately interpret and communicate God's message. Understanding the principles of sound interpretation, therefore, is of vital importance. Pastors, Bible teachers, and anyone who studies the Scriptures will appreciate the helpful guidance of this collection of scholarship. Rightly Divided" brings together the insights of twenty-one experienced Bible scholars in the field of hermeneutics, providing a basic overview of hermeneutics and also addressing specific issues of interpretation. Included are chapters by: Darrell L. Bock--"Evangelicals and the Use of the Old Testament in the New" G. B. Caird--"Ambiguity in the Bible" Norman Geisler--"The Relation of Purpose and Meaning in Interpreting Scripture" Walter C. Kaiser Jr.--"Issues in Contemporary Hermeneutics" I. Howard Marshall--"The Holy Spirit and the Interpretation of Scripture" J. Robertson McQuilken--"Identifying the Audience God Intended" Bernard Ramm--"The Devotional and Practical Use of the Bible" Roy B. Zuck--"The What and Why of Bible Interpretation"
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Studio: Kregel Academic & Professional
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Dec 2, 1996
Publisher Kregel Academic & Professional
ISBN 0825440998 ISBN13 9780825440991
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Excellent anthology of contemporary hermeneutic issues Dec 14, 2000
Philip: "Do you understand what you are reading?" Ethiopian eunuch: "How could I unless someone guides me?" - Acts 8:30,31
The writings of some of the greatest exegetes today have been compiled and organized for a great introductory treatment of some contemporary hermeneutical issues. The theme of this book is largely an answer to the two questions - 1) Does the Bible, that was written centuries ago to specific audiences, have a relevant meaning for us today? and 2) If so, how do we go about the process of finding this meaning?
In the first section entitled "Introductory Issues" a few of the topics discussed are the interpretation of the Bible as any rational, intelligent, moral being would interpret any document; the role of the Holy Spirit in Bible interpretation; and how to interpret the Bible knowing that we all begin the process with different presuppositions. The topic of the "hermeneutical spiral" in chapter six (Klein, Blomberg, & Hubbard) was enlightening since every person approaches the Bible from different backgrounds, cultures, views, etc. The hermeneutical spiral is a tool to make us aware of false and helpful preunderstandings so we can interpret the Bible accurately.
The second section is called "Language and Meaning" and covers topics such as the need to recognize the significance of the Biblical languages and the emphasis of context; figures of speech; and there is a defense of the single intended meaning of Scripture even though there is dual authorship (God/man). Chapter eleven (Geisler) was a defense and explanation that we must find the meaning of a passage from the text itself as opposed to determining the meaning of the text because of some perceived purpose for which the writer was writing. The "why", which is the author's purpose, must be determined by "what" the author expressed, which is the author's meaning. "What the author meant is expressed in the text. The writings are inspired, not the thoughts in the author's mind" (p. 144).
The third section deals with "The Old Testament in the New". This section would be of interest to those who want to have a better understanding of how the different camps - reformed, dispensationalism, and progressive dispensationalism deal with the relationship between the Old and the New Testaments. There are also some chapters dealing with the quotations of NT writers from the OT. These discussions deal with paraphrasing, quoting from the LXX (Greek version of the OT), allusions to the OT, etc.
The final section covers the application of the text today and is named "Cultural Relevance and Personal Application". The main issue we deal with in applying a text of Scripture to our culture today is this - Which do we observe, the specific application that we see in the text or the principle behind the observance or exhortation? The task of the exegete is to determine the audience that was addressed and then to discover whether the text deals with a culturally specific, personally specific, or conditional exhortation, promise, etc. I found this last section to be the most intriguing since it seems to me that this is perhaps the most commonly discussed hermeneutical issue among groups of Christians on both sides of the coin.
The diversity of the contributors of this work and the relevance with which they wrote about contemporary issues accomplished the stated purpose of Zuck which was to "provoke further thinking and provide important guidelines for everyone involved in interpreting or 'rightly dividing' the Word of God" (p.4).