Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bibleby Kevin J. Vanhoozer
Pub. Date: 11/01/2005
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
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For the pastor or serious layperson, the realm of biblical interpretation can be a confusing maze of personalities, communities, methods, and theories. This maze can often result in obscuring the main goal of interpreting Scripture: hearing and knowing God better.
The Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible is a groundbreaking reference tool that introduces readers to key names, theories, and concepts in the field of biblical interpretation. It discusses these approaches and evaluates their helpfulness in enabling Christians to hear what God is saying to the church through Scripture. The contributors come from a variety of backgrounds, and the dictionary covers a broad range of topics with both clarity and depth.
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This book is required reading for a seminary course on Biblical Hermeneutics. In a previous life, I was a professional writer and editor; consequently I have little patience with Vanhoozer's text. Entries often lack a definition of the term itself (what else is a dictionary for?); the contributors display significant stylistic, formatting, and content inconsistency; and there is little discernable logic to the selection of topics.
Nevertheless, since it is required reading, I am plodding through.