Archives for tag: Hermeneutics

Book Notice: M. X. Seaman’s “Illumination and Interpretation”

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For those readers interested in the hermeneutics and the doctrine of Scripture, I wish to make you aware of SEBTS alum M. X. Seaman’s Illumination and Interpretation: The Holy Spirit’s Role in Hermeneutics (Wipf & Stock, 2013). Seaman argues that one cannot properly understand and apply the Holy Scriptures apart … Read More »

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Four Helpful Books on Scripture

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In the past year, I have read four excellent books on the doctrine of Scripture. I thought I’d pass some recommendations on to you. D.A. Carson, Collected Writings on Scripture, compiled by Andy Naselli (Crossway, 2010). This book brings together a variety of essays, articles, and even book reviews that … Read More »

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Book Notice: “Invitation to Biblical Interpretation” by Andreas J. Köstenberger

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Zut Alors. I will never catch up with Andreas Köstenberger. Every time I publish an article, he publishes four books. (In fact, one should never compare one’s CV with his, for fear that one will descend into a state of weltschmerz. Don’t say I never told you.) Speaking of which, … Read More »

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Interview with Heath Thomas: “Great is Thy Faithfulness? Reading Lamentations as Sacred Scripture”

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Here we go again. Southeastern prof Heath Thomas (Old Testament & Hebrew) has committed yet another act of Old Testament theology. This makes, umm, five publications in the past five weeks. Along with Robin Parry, Thomas is coeditor of Great is Thy Faithfulness? Reading Lamentations as Sacred Scripture (Pickwick). This … Read More »

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Southeastern Theological Review

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We at Between the Times would like to make you aware of a recent development at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2010, we launched a new journal, Southeastern Theological Review (STR), which seeks to “facilitate lively and informed conversations on a wide variety of topics of interest to Christians around … Read More »

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Christopher Wright on The Christian Mission

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Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary had the privilege this week of hosting Christopher Wright for the annual Page Lectures. Dr. Wright is International Director for Langham Partnership International and the author several books including The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative (IVP), Old Testament Ethics and the People of … Read More »

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Engaging Exposition (18): Getting At The Main Idea of the Message (MIM)

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The main idea of the message (MIM) is the heart and soul of your sermon. The MIM is derived from the MIT and channeled through the Purpose Bridge. Just as the text has a singular theme/complement your teaching must have a singular theme/complement as well. For the MIM, you ask … Read More »

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Engaging Exposition (17): The Bridge From Study To Sermon

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This is where you transition from the study to the message, from the past world of the biblical period to the present world of the here and now. To ignore this dimension in the hermeneutical/homiletical process can be fatal to what happens when you stand up to proclaim the unsearchable … Read More »

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Engaging Exposition (16): Getting at the Main Idea of the Text (MIT)

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The main idea of a text (step 3) naturally derives from our studying of the Scriptures (step 1) and our structuring of the Scriptures (step 2). Having prayed over the entire process, we have: 1) tracked and identified the key verbs and parsed them; 2) looked for key words needing … Read More »

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Engaging Exposition (15): Developing the Main Idea of the Text

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By way of summary, we have noted the following as essential components of steps one (studying) and two (structuring) of the hermeneutical process: 1. Study the book as a Whole. Consider the questions of date, authorship, recipients, and purpose (general matters of introduction.) Develop an outline of the entire book … Read More »

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