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D.A. Carson – Cleaning Up Our Exegetical Messiness

11 Jul

Make a mistake in the interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s plays, falsely scan a piece of Spenserian verse, and there is unlikely to be an entailment of eternal consequence; but we cannot lightly accept a similar laxity in the interpretation of Scripture. We are dealing with God’s thoughts: we are obligated to take the greatest pains to understand them truly and to explain them clearly. It is all the more shocking, therefore, to find in the evangelical pulpit, where the Scriptures are officially revered, frequent and inexcusable sloppiness in handling them. All of us, of course, will make some exegetical mistakes: I am painfully aware of some of my own, brought to my attention by increasing years, wider reading, and alert colleagues who love me enough to correct me. But tragic is the situation when the preacher or teacher is perpetually unaware of the blatant nonsense he utters, and of the consequent damage he inflicts on the church of God. Nor will it do to be satisfied with pointing a finger at other groups whose skills are less than our own: we must begin by cleaning up our own backyard.

~D. A. Carson~

Exegetical Fallacies (Grand Rapids, IL; Baker; 1996) Introduction.

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G.K. Beale – Regrounding Our Hermeneutical Lenses

26 Dec

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It is important to say that our understanding of most of the traditional doctrines is not so much changed as radically enriched by seeing them through end-time lenses. But how are some of the crucial doctrines of our faith so enriched when seen as eschatological doctrines? To put it another way: how can our hermeneutical lenses be reground in order to see better the end-time reality of the NT?…

We should think of Christ’s life, trials, and especially his death and resurrection as the central events that launched the latter days. These pivotal events of Christ’s life, trials, death, and resurrection are eschatological in particular because they launched the beginning of the new creation and kingdom. The end-time new-creational kingdom has not been recognized sufficiently heretofore as of vital importance to a biblical theology of the NT and it is this concept that I believe has the potential to refine significantly the general scholarly view of the eschatological already-not yet.

~G.K. Beale~

A New Testament Biblical Theology (Grand Rapids, Michigan; Baker Academic; 2011) p. 18-19.

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