I’m spending the day (and tomorrow) discussing ‘biblical theology’ with a pastor friend. We’re trying to differentiate the numerous different meanings given to the term ‘biblical theology,’ and to consider the varied interpretative practices that share the hermeneutical impulse to view Christ as the centre and fulfilment of the Scriptures.
This relates to an international symposium that we’ll be hosting at Trinity next year, on conceptions of the Bible across the centuries of church history… And I’m beginning to sense the outlines of a book on ‘interpreting the bible as a whole: past, present, and future.’
A couple of issues we’ve noted:
- There is a lot of variation in the way people use the term ‘biblical theology’
- Practitioners of biblical interpretation often exceed the quality of their articulated interpretative theories – they practise better than they preach (of course, the opposite is also often true, but that’s less intriguing)
Anyway, it’s great to have some open time to converse at length about these things – I look forward to seeing where things go.