What is the importance of theological interpretation of the Bible? In contrast to a historical-critical or fundamental-moral approach, each of which in extreme form can radically objectify the text and kill it by dissection, theological interpretation focuses on the Bible as living revelation-the Word from God about God, man, and the world. Since this revelation continues to speak to each generation and evoke new and valid insight, theological reflections in the church through the centuries are marshaled to gain a fuller sense of the text. To further our reading of Scripture in its theological sense, this Dictionary
attempts to 'heal the breach' between what modern exegesis and the 'the great cloud of witnesses' of every age have contributed to our understanding of the text. The entries in the Dictionary
fall under four main headings: texts, hermeneutics, interpreters, and doctrines, all emphasizing the theological meaning of biblical books. Liturgical and theological terms, and schools of interpretation are also given due attention. An international array of nearly two hundred contributors has created an impressive resource for laymen and scholars alike. It is not surprising that (among other awards Dictionary has received) Christianity Today
named this one of their Books of the Year for 2006, and it has accumulated kudos from diverse scholars such as Frances Young, Marva Dawn, Douglas Moo, Stanley Hauerwas, Markus Bockmuehl, David Ford, and Ellen Charry.
An Eighth Day View:
For the pastor or serious layperson, the realm of biblical interpretation can be a confusing maze of personalities, communities, methods, and theories. This maze can often result in obscuring the main goal of interpreting Scripture: hearing and knowing God better.
The "Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible" is a groundbreaking reference tool that introduces readers to key names, theories, and concepts in the field of biblical interpretation. It discusses these approaches and evaluates their helpfulness in enabling Christians to hear what God is saying to the church through Scripture. The contributors come from a variety of backgrounds, and the dictionary covers a broad range of topics with both clarity and depth.