The Hermeneutics of the Biblical Writers (Dr. Abner Chou). Kregel Academic.

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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.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

ISBN: 9780825443244

Pages: 256

Publication date: 2-23-2018

Format: Paperback

Imprint: Kregel Academic

 

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Biblical Leadership

Being this a book about biblical leadership, you can wait a thorough analysis of texts in key passages, but this is not the case: you will find the progress of the concept of “leadership” along the history and along the biblical history. It is an exegetical (and not eisegetical) study of the term in almost every book of the Scripture.

When studying a concept and when you want to find the application of it to the human realm it is easy to write a theory, but difficult to bring it to reality. And again, this is not the case. The focus is from the Scripture to life and offering resources and ways of applying the Word to our task as leaders.

The authors divide the book in two main sections: Old Testament and New Testament, and developed in thirty-three chapters. Every chapter is full of biblical text and words analysis, rooting every idea and thesis in the very Scriptures.

It is a must-have book in every pastor’s bookshelf, worthy to be studied in seminaries and considered in every pastors board. Also every leader will find a useful tool to study which is his/her role as such.

Abundant notes, graphics, word studies, easy-to-follow arguments and bibliography make of this book a unique tool for lay pastors, students and teachers who can adopt it as textbook for their classes.

Some topics you will find on it: the leader as servant, the leader as shepherd, the leader as a dependent man, the leader as model, as a vulnerable person, as a conflict mediator, as an example to others in the Christian community, as a loving and mature person, as a disciple and also a man who makes disciples. A great number of topics to be studied and applied, an opportunity to change and being changed as leaders.

Thanks to Benjamin Forrest and Cher Roden for such a book.

This book has been sent to me free of charge by Kregel Publications in exchange of an honest and unbiased review.biblical leadership.jpg

More information at: http://www.kregel.com/ministry/biblical-leadership/