Interpretation and Biblical Interpretation

Robert Morgan and John Barton

in Biblical Interpretation

Published in print September 1988 | ISBN: 9780192132567
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191670060 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Bible Series

Interpretation and Biblical Interpretation

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This chapter begins with brief discussions of the concept of interpretation and the aims of interpreters. It then turns to the problem of biblical interpretation. The chapter argues that the main problem for biblical interpretation today is the contrasting frameworks within which the Bible is interpreted – by the historian on the one hand and the believer on the other. Relating these two ways of understanding the subject matter of the Bible is a problem only for ‘theologians’, i.e. for believers who want to relate their faith to their rational knowledge, which now includes historical knowledge. Other believers can ignore scholarship, and other scholars can ignore religious faith. The resulting interpretations of the Bible will not satisfy thoughtful believers and may be thought superficial, but they are not illegitimate.

Keywords: Bible; interpreters; biblical scholarship; modern theology

Chapter.  15524 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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