- Hardcover: 576 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Revised, Updated ed. edition (June 9 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785252258
- ISBN-13: 978-0785252252
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Introduction To Biblical Interpretation Hardcover – Jul 8 2004
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About the Author
William W. Klein (PhD, Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary. He is author of The New Chosen People: A Corporate View of Election and a commentary on Ephesians in the Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Revised Edition and serves as both editor and co-author of Introduction to Biblical Interpretationwith Craig Blomberg and Robert Hubbard. Bill and his wife have two daughters and reside in Littleton, Colorado.
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They contrast "I just read it and God shows me the meaning" as being potentially dangerous (page 4) with "We must ask God to assist" and "prayer puts one in the position to hear and understand" (page 141).
They assure us that the Bible is an understandable and accessible book, but caution that perfect understanding may not be possible for every sentence (page 149). While we may not always know what a verse means, good rules of interpretation provide that we can always know what it does not mean. Therefore, they do not allow heresy while encouraging Christians not to divide fellowship when multiple interpretations are possible (page 208).
The authors are not opposed to fresh interpretation, yet also point out that "the fresh interpretation must be consistent with the text's historical meaning and with the Bible's total teaching (page 199). This concept is developed further in chapter 7 when they explain the Circles of Context. The chart on page 219 makes understanding the context concept easy.
Genres of the Old Testament (chapter 9) explain that "All of the OT applies to Christians, but none of it applies apart from its fulfillment in Christ." (page 347). After reading this chapter you will avoid the extremes of ignoring the OT because "we are a New Testament church" and feeling a burden to follow all of the law that was not specifically repealed in the NT.