Introducing Theological Interpretation of Scripture: Recovering a Christian Practice

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Introducing Theological Interpretation of Scripture: Recovering a Christian Practice by Daniel J. Treier Baker Academic, Grand Rapids, 2008. 221 pp. $17.99. ISBN 978-0-8010-3178-6.

SINCE THE RISE OF "higher criticism" of the Bible, many Christians have lamented the loss of a "special hermeneutic" that reads Scripture as Scripture - as the sacred texts of the Christian church - rather than as a collection of historical documents or literary works. In this book, Daniel Treier describes what he views as a contemporary response to this loss, a burgeoning movement, composed largely of evangelical academics, that since the 1990s has published numerous attempts at a "theological interpretation of Scripture." Part 1 summarizes themes and approaches shared by most participants in the movement imitate precritical methods of interpretation, accept a trinitarian "Rule of Faith" as interpretive guide, and embrace the postmodern stress on the importance of community in interpreting Scripture. Part 2 explores three issues that divide members of the movement or have yet to be adequately addressed: the place of historical-critical method, the value of dividing special and general hermeneutics, and the correct response to the multiplicity of perspectives generated by the global church. In a concluding chapter, Treier sets out some hermeneutical principles of his own. …