For reviewing this book only a few words would be enough: Scriptura Scripturae interpres, that is, Scripture interprets Scripture.
By means of eight chapters, Chou gives us answer to some hermeneutical questions that arise when studying the Bible: How do we connect our interpretation of our text with theology? How do we know which principle to draw form a text? How do we know whether an author intended a certain theological idea or not? What is the bridge between what the text says and the theology conveys? (p. 15). This seems to be the key: intertextuality, that is, the way the biblical writers allude to other parts of Scripture (p. 21).
No doubt the interpretation the apostles made of OT passages is normative to us. What is obscure in the OT should be clarified with the NT. There is an interaction between both and we must find how this works and which are the exegetical implications. The author proposes in the chapter devoted to Authorial Logic that
“the interconnectedness and intricacy of the Old Testament reveals something deeper about the prophets themselves: They had their own hermeneutic” (p. 20).
This constitutes the main thesis: The prophetic hermeneutic continues into the apostolic hermeneutic, which is the Christian hermeneutic (p. 22).
Second chapter deals with “certain foundational issues in the New Testament’s use of the Old” (p. 26), such as authorial intent, meaning and significance, reality and intertextuality… linking to the third chapters which demonstrates prophets are exegetes and theologians. As interpreters we should bear in mind the whole Scripture is inspired, that means the way the NT writers interpreted OT Scriptures are also inspired.
Along the book, Chou also offers some examples (case studies) on how the OT and NT writers interpret other passages, being so a hermeneutical principle we should take into account as we do exegeses.
The author’s scholarship is shown in the way he interprets passages following the main hermeneutical principles, but also having in mind the intertextual analysis and the fact of redemptive story, and submitted to a hermeneutical consistency.
The Hermeneutics of the biblical writers is a must-to-have book in every pastor and student of Scripture.
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Publication date: 2-23-2018
Imprint: Kregel Academic