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The Hermeneutics of the Biblical Writers: Learning to Interpret Scripture from the Prophets and Apostles

, 2018
ISBN: 9780825443244



A method of interpretation—a hermeneutic—is indispensable for understanding Scripture, constructing theology, and living the Christian life, but most contemporary hermeneutical systems fail to acknowledge the principles and practices of the biblical writers themselves.

Christians today cannot employ a truly biblical view of the Bible unless they understand why the prophets and apostles interpreted Scripture the way they did. To this end, Abner Chou proposes a “hermeneutic of obedience,” in which believers learn to interpret Scripture the way the biblical authors did—including understanding the New Testament’s use of the Old Testament.

  • Chou first unfolds the “prophetic hermeneutic” of the Old Testament authors, and demonstrates the continuity of this approach with the “apostolic hermeneutic” of the New Testament authors.
    • Explores what truly Christian hermeneutics is
    • Uses the new Testament’s use of the Old to teach about the nature of hermeneutics and interpretation
    • Seeks to vindicate the prophets and apostles as it uses them to shape understanding of God’s Word
    • The Quest for Authorial Logic
    • Groundwork for the Quest: Presuppositions and Method
    • The Prophetic Hermeneutic: The Prophet as Exegete and Theologian
    • The Prophetic Hermeneutic: Did the Prophets Speak Better than They Knew, or Better than We Give Them Credit For?
    • The Apostolic Hermeneutic: Continuity with the Prophets
    • The Apostolic Hermeneutic: The Theological Fabric of the New Testament
    • The Christian Hermeneutic: Reading as They Read and Intended
    • Scripture’s Sophistication, First Theologians, and the Hermeneutics of Surrender
    Abner Chou undertakes the bold and dynamic challenge of understanding and embracing the interpretive perspective of the biblical authors. Join him in the venture. See with new eyes. Understand the Bible. Have it change your life.

    —Jim Hamilton, Professor of Biblical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

    A perpetual conversation among biblical scholars concerns Scripture’s use of Scripture, both the New Testament’s use of the Old Testament and the Old Testament’s use of the Old Testament. Though essays and books reveal differing, even competing, explanations of Scripture’s use of Scripture, something of a rapprochement among diverse schools of thought seems to be emerging. Abner Chou’s contribution to this conversation reflects this as he engages leading evangelical scholars and finds wide swaths of agreement with them as both they and he take the Scriptures seriously. Whether Chou’s explanations of how the Bible’s writers use earlier Scriptures convinces readers to embrace his understanding of difficult texts, his most central thesis ought to convince readers. For Chou, taking Scripture seriously includes being able to trace and reproduce how the Old Testament prophets and the New Testament apostles and prophets used the Scriptures that existed prior to their own times. Our proper use of Scripture stands in continuity with how Scripture’s writers used Scripture.

    —Ardel B. Caneday, Professor of New Testament & Greek, University of Northwestern

    • Title: The Hermeneutics of the Biblical Writers: Learning to Interpret Scripture from the Prophets and Apostles
    • Author: Abner Chou
    • Publisher: Kregel
    • Print Publication Date: 2018
    • Logos Release Date: 2021
    • Pages: 251
    • Era: era:contemporary
    • Language: English
    • Resources: 1
    • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
    • Subject: Bible › Hermeneutics
    • ISBN: 9780825443244
    • Resource Type: Monograph
    • Metadata Last Updated: 2021-04-10T02:47:34Z

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    About Abner Chou

    Abner Chou is assistant professor of biblical studies at The Master’s College and Seminary. He has been involved in research for commentaries, books, and journal articles, and has contributed papers to the Evangelical Theological Society.


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