Friday, March 23, 2007

Apostolic Hermeneutics

After posting my new Books of the Moment the other day, Jason Hood and my brother both pointed me to Peter Enns article on Apostolic Hermeneutics on the Westminster site (thanks to both of you). It's entitled 'Apostolic Hermeneutics and an Evangelical Doctrine of Scripture: Moving beyond a Modernist Impasse' and was published originally in WTJ in 2003. I've just started reading it - for those who haven't seen the book Inspiration and Incarnation, the article examines the same issues as Chapter 4 of the book: apostolic hermeneutics as a Second Temple period phenomenon conforming with the interpretive traditions of the time. Enns then considers the implications for the doctrine of scripture. 'By reclaiming the hermeneutical trajectory set by the Apostles, the church may be able to move beyond the impasse imposed by modernist assumptions' says Enns. You never know...