Professor of Christian Scripture Rob Wall defines and defends "the canonical approach" to biblical interpretation in the new book Biblical Hermeneutics: Five Views, S. Porter and B. Stovell, eds. (InterVarsity Press, 2012), recently published in InterVarsity's widely used "Spectrum Multiview" series. In this new book, five scholars, each a practitioner of a particular hermeneutical strategy, set out the key features of their method and underlying epistemology before gathering together around Matthew 2 to illustrate how their interpretive methods produce different although often complementary readings of a single sacred text. Each then engages the other's readings to evaluate the merit (or lack thereof) of their interpretive findings.
Another of Wall's articles, "Salvation's Bath by the Spirit: A Study of Titus 3:5b-6 in Its Canonical Setting," is now published in The Spirit and Christ in the New Testament & Christian Theology, I.H. Marshall, V. Rabens, C. Bennema, eds., Eerdmans, 2012), pp. 198–212. This collection is a festschrift (acollection of essaysor learned papers contributed by a number of people tohonour an eminent scholar) for the British New Testament scholar Max Turner. In this study, Wall seeks to rehabilitate the neglected epiphany passage found in Titus 3 as the fullest expression of Pauline pneumatology in the New Testament. This is, in part, because here it is combined in a rich theological formula and the distinctive Pauline emphasis on the transformative work of the Spirit with other biblical traditions (Pentecostal, Johannine, and Matthean) to form an integrative whole.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012