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Has the Church Misread the Bible? The History of Interpretation in the Light of Current Issues [Paperback]

By Moisés Silva (Author)
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Pages   136
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.51" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.45"
Weight:   0.47 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 6, 1987
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310409217  
EAN  9780310409212  


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In this, the first volume of Foundations of Contemporary Interpretation, Moises Silva presents a unique and practical perspective on the history of interpretation. "I do not intend to provide in this volume a full-blown history of biblical hermeneutics . . . (Rather,) my thesis is that this history is characterized by the church's appreciation, sometimes implicit rather than consciously formulated, that we face a series of difficult 'tensions' in our reading of Scripture . . . . The attempt to hold these seeming polarities in tension is the principle that brings unity to the great diversity of problems surrounding the history of biblical interpretation." Some examples of these areas of tension are, "To what extent should we understand the biblical language as being literal and to what extent as figurative?" "The Bible is God's Word, yet what it has come to is through human beings and in human form." "The commands of God are absolute, yet the historical context of the writings appear to relativize certain elements." "God's message should be clear, yet many passages seem to be ambiguous." By showing how the church in the past has dealt with these same issues, Silva provide the reader with a clearer insight into the contemporary problems of interpretation.

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In this, the first volume of Foundations of Contemporary Interpretation, Moises Silva presents a unique and practical perspective on the history of interpretation. 'I do not intend to provide in this volume a full-blown history of biblical hermeneutics . . . (Rather, ) my thesis is that this history is characterized by the church's appreciation, sometimes implicit rather than consciously formulated, that we face a series of difficult 'tensions' in our reading of Scripture . . . . The attempt to hold these seeming polarities in tension is the principle that brings unity to the great diversity of problems surrounding the history of biblical interpretation.' Some examples of these areas of tension are, 'To what extent should we understand the biblical language as being literal and to what extent as figurative?' 'The Bible is God's Word, yet what it has come to is through human beings and in human form.' 'The commands of God are absolute, yet the historical context of the writings appear to relativize certain elements.' 'God's message should be clear, yet many passages seem to be ambiguous.' By showing how the church in the past has dealt with these same issues, Silva provide the reader with a clearer insight into the contemporary problems of interpretation

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Moises Silva taught biblical studies at Westmont College, Westminster Theological Seminary, and Gordon-Conwell Seminary. He is the author or coauthor of eight books, and the revising editor of the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible.

Moises Silva currently resides in the state of Pennsylvania.

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Introduction and History  Apr 9, 2008
This book is part of a 7 volume series, Foundation of Contemporary Interpretation. This book is a great introduction to hermeneutics, with some history of hermeneutics. I wish, I would of read this book before reading any other on the subject. It helped me understand the progress of biblical interpretation. With info on Augustine, Calvin and others, which helped me understand more about the hermeneutics of the Reformation. I would and have recommended this volume to others.
 
yes and no!  Jul 22, 2000
dr silva is a conservative evangelical who has been on faculty at several well known (reformed) seminaries. this book is written from a conservative perspective and explains that the literal meaning of a passage or verse may not be the upshot of what the author was attempting to convey. dr silva very eloquently says, "the truth of scriptural authority does automatically tell us what a given passage means: it does assure us that, once we have correctly identified the biblical teaching...that that teaching may be trusted unequivocally." he adds,"...the truth of scripture is independent of anyones's ability to comprehend it or willingness to receive it." this book is to the point and very readable for the nonscholar and scholar alike. highly recommended!
 

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