Dilemma of the African
American Biblical Student
William H. Myers
The amount of literature written on biblical interpretation during the last quarter century alone is staggering. The literature focusing primarily on hermeneutical methodology in one language is legion. Some books are directed at an academic audience,1 while others are written on a more popular level and are directed at a wider audience.2 Some of these books are more conservative in their arguments,3 while others are more
1. See, among others, Bernard Ramm, Protestant Biblical Interpretation (Grand Rapids,
Mich.: Baker Book House, 1970); Anthony C. Thiselton, The Two Horizons: New Testament
Hermeneutics and Philosophical Description (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Wm. B. Eerdmans Pub.
Co., 1980); Hans-GeorgGadamer, Truth and Method (NewYork: Crossroad, 1984); Paul Ri-
coeur, The Conflict of Interpretations (Evanston, 111.: Northwestern University Press, 1974);
idem, Essays on Biblical Interpretation (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1980).
2. See, among others, Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart, How to Read the Bible for All
It’s Worth (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan Publishing House, 1982); Terence J. Kee-
gan, Interpreting the Bible: A Popular Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics (New York:
Paulist Press, 1985); R.C. Sproul, Knowing Scripture (Downers Grove, 111.: InterVarsity
Press, 1977); A. Berkeley Mickelsen and Alvera M. Mickelsen, Understanding Scripture
(Ventura, Calif.: Regal Books, 1982).
3. D. A. Carson and John D. Woodbridge, eds., Scripture and Truth (Grand Rapids,
Mich.: Zondervan Publishing House, 1983); idem, eds., Hermeneutics, Authority and Canon
(Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan Publishing House, 1986).