Category Archives: Biblical interpretation

Søren Kierkegaard on the “tragic misuse of biblical scholarship,” how it can drive God’s Word infinitely further from us than if we had never read it

Kierkegaard has just finished a section where he’s argued for the necessity of being alone with God’s Word in order to truly read God’s Word, and yet how so very few are willing to do so. But, asserting defiantly that … Continue reading

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John Frame: “The meaning of Scripture is its application.”

I would even maintain that the meaning of the law is discerned in this process of application. Imagine two scholars discussing the eighth commandment. One claims that it forbids embezzlement. The other thinks he understands the commandment but can’t see any … Continue reading

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John Frame on allegory, authorial intent, and creativity in biblical interpretation

The Richness of Scripture’s Meaning The traditional concern for contextual exegesis must be qualified somewhat by some implications from our principle that meaning is application and application is meaning. The meaning of a text is any use to which it … Continue reading

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Jonathan Gibson on the difference between being “biblical” and “biblicist”

We suggest that articulating definite atonement is similar to articulating doctrines like the Trinity or the two natures of Christ. The approach needs to be biblical, but not biblicist. No one text “proves” definite atonement, any more than one text … Continue reading

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Daniel Doriani on professing to submit to Scripture and actually submitting to Scripture

The submissive [or conservative] interpreter bows to the God who reveals himself in Scripture and accepts, in principle, whatever it says. If the Bible upsets a cherished conviction, we say, “I stand corrected,” not “I wonder.” Facing a difficult teaching, … Continue reading

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John Frame on the difference between liberal Bible critics and believing Christians in approaching the Scriptures, especially perceived errors in the Bible

From the chapter titled “Bible Problems” Frame is explaining why it is that readers often perceive errors in the Bible: The other reason why we have problems with Scripture is sin. Romans 1, as we have seen, tells us that … Continue reading

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