History of Bible Interpretation

December 29th, 2007

I just listened to a neat episode of Theology Unplugged, from folks over at Reclaiming the Mind Ministries. It’s a half-hour broadcast called The History of Interpretation Through the Reformation. If you go over to the entry in their blog (link below), you can listen to the broadcast through streaming audio. (Meaning, you don’t have to download a file to listen–you can listen with a player in your browser.)

They give a sketch of how people interpreted the Bible in the early church, how things developed into the authoritative teaching structure of the Roman Catholic Church, and how things changed at the Reformation. (They promised that in the next episode, they’ll talk about German higher criticism. Isn’t that exciting? :) )

The History of Interpretation Through the Reformation

P.S. In the previous episode, they talked about the way Matthew uses the Old Testament to point to Christ in ways that sometimes seem like inventive exegesis. (As in, did the OT writer really intend that verse to point to the Messiah? What’s going on?)

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