Scripture and Hermeneutics

Kevin J. Vanhoozer

in The Oxford Handbook of Evangelical Theology

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780195369441
Published online January 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Scripture and Hermeneutics

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This article focuses on the nature (what it is), authority (rightful say-so), and interpretation (how to use it/make it work correctly) of the Bible. Strictly speaking, evangelicals do not believe “in” the Bible but in the God who authored and speaks authoritatively through it. The challenge for an evangelical theory (doctrine) and practice (interpretation) of Scripture is to hold fast to the gospel fixed in writing while engaging the living God who is its author and attending to the great salvation that is its subject matter. “Biblicism” is one of the most frequently cited defining marks of evangelicalism. Evangelicals take their doctrinal and ethical marching orders from the Scriptures, and the goal is to be a people whose faith, hope, and love—her doctrine, duty, and devotion—centers on the promise of God fulfilled in Jesus Christ, the one about whom the gospel is proclaimed. This article also discusses Protestant orthodoxy and pietist revival, hermeneutics, and the infallibility of the Bible.

Keywords: Bible; Scripture; hermeneutics; evangelicalism; evangelicals; gospel; Jesus Christ; Protestant orthodoxy; infallibility; God

Article.  8173 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion ; Christianity ; Religious Studies

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