I got distracted in the last post... It's hard not too with so many different voices demanding to be heard. The image of the mechanically inspired prophet (ear-cocked, stylus at the ready, listening for the whispers from the beyond) seems a very long way from the full-on, multi-voiced shouting match that is enacted in the… Continue reading Communicating God: Doctrine of Scripture 3
For any Old Testament passage a crucial interpretive context is that surrounding the advent of Jesus. This has two dimensions, it involves understanding both how the people who were reading the OT and calling on God to be faithful to his promises anticipated and reacted to the coming of Jesus; and, how Jesus himself interpreted… Continue reading How to apply the Old Testament: New Testament Contexts
The first application of any Old Testament passage is the one that the original author/speaker intended for the original readers/listeners. Each passage of the Old Testament called for a response from the people for whom it was first written. At it's heart this is what we mean by the authority of the scriptures: that they… Continue reading How to apply the Old Testament: Canonical Contexts
Ok, welcome back to the Book of Hebrews. We're mid-way through an exploration of the question, 'who speaks in Scripture' focussing on the various, fluid ways that the author of Hebrews attributes the divine voice. We started by looking at the opening sentences which focus on the contrast between God's speech through the prophets and… Continue reading Communicating God: Doctrine of Scripture 2
Biblical Theology is all the rage in U.S. Reformed evangelical circles at the moment. This seems odd to Australians because biblical theology feels slightly passé. We've benefitted greatly from a number of biblical scholars (Donald Robinson, William Dumbrell, Graeme Goldsworthy) who made major contributions toward developing a distinctly evangelical biblical theology. What was fresh and… Continue reading How to apply the Old Testament
Who speaks in Scripture?