The main strength of the more radical reader-response approaches lies in its objectivity.
The methodologies of the “new criticism” or “formalism” focused primarily on a coherent interpretation of the text in its entirety apart from any historical background information.
Although all readers are influenced to some degree by presuppositions and preunderstandings, an objective interpretative process is still possible.
Preunderstandings are preconceived notions or assumptions which a person brings to the text, which have been formulated before the actual study of the text.
The differences between the biblical audience and us hinder us from determining the meaning of the text.
There is a river of issues like culture, context, and covenant between the meaning of the Bible for the first century person and the 21st century person.
Details such as grammar and words are not important to the interpretive journey.
List and briefly describe the three reasons for the practice of proper hermeneutics according to Klein et al.
Using Origen’s approach as your guide, match the following aspects of an allegorical interpretation of Scripture with their proper definitions.
According to Klein et al., to truly understand what a text meant to its original recipients requires that we apprehend something of that original impact ourselves.
A connotation refers to a word’s emotional overtones—the positive or negative associations it conjures up beyond what the word strictly means.
In Clement of Alexandria’s view, the literal sense of a passage is the primary and most accurate meaning of that passage.
The period around the time of the Reformation witnessed a renewed interest in studying the Bible in its original languages.
Which of the following church fathers was influenced by Philo and held that Scripture has a twofold meaning–a literal (body) meaning and a spiritual (soul) meaning?
In contrast to Origen’s allegorical approach, the allegorical approach of the Middle Ages believed every passage had four meanings.
Which of the following apostolic methods of interpretation is best defined as interpreting a text by applying its underlying principle to a situation different from, but comparable to, the one in the original context?
The Pietists and Philip Jacob Spener emphasized the devotional and practical study of the Bible over against some of the more doctrinal approaches of the Reformation.
During the Patristic Period, the Old Testament was regarded as the primary authoritative collection of Scriptures.
Which of the following best defines the word “type”?
Which of the following critical methods is best described as an attempt to discern the distinctive theological and thematic emphases that the individual biblical writers or editors gave their materials?