From the Greek pro (before) and legomen (we speak), prolegomena refers to preliminary or introductory words on a course of study. Prolegomena on Biblical Hermeneutics and Method, 2nd ed., explores four important pillars that support biblical theology, and provides guidance on how we can study and understand the Bible for ourselves, along with background on how others have understood the Bible throughout history.
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“As an introduction to theological method this work will be built upon the framework of four pillars, which are (1) the existence of the Biblical God, (2) His authoritative revelation of Scripture, (3) natural man’s incapacity to comprehend (or spiritually appraise) revelation, and (4) the necessity (in approaching that revelation) of a consistent hermeneutical approach which does not violate any of the first three pillars. The literal grammatical-historical method will be argued as the only interpretive method which can function within this framework, and will thus lead naturally to an inductive exegetical process which will inform the synthetic and systematic processes, effectively providing a scaffold for derivation of a Biblical theology.” (Page 11)
“Therefore, it is here suggested that Presuppositional Dispensationalism be the most appropriate description of this system, emphasizing its particularly definitive elements.” (Page 12)
“Biblical theology generically refers to the development of theological themes directly and exclusively from the Biblical record itself, typically examining the Bible ‘bit by bit and writer by writer.’2 Systematic theology topically systematizes information exclusively from the Biblical record.3 Historical theology discusses the historical development of theological doctrines. Dogmatic theology, like traditional definitions of Biblical theology, derives its doctrinal body from the Scriptures alone, but differs from such definitions in that it deals with the whole of Scripture rather than isolated parts.” (Pages 12–13)
Prolegomena is the study of presuppositions, definitions, and theological methods which are foundational to any doctrinal system. This volume concerning prolegomena is decidedly dispensational in approach and thus lays the groundwork necessary for understanding Scripture dispensationally. . . . offers an excellent theological study which is basic to systemic theology.
—Gary E. Gilley, pastor-teacher, Southern View Chapel, Springfield, Illinois
Freddie Jr. Kinsler