The Importance of Good Hermeneutics

“The real work of interpretation is to hear the text. We must consider how to read and teach the Scripture in a way that opens up its message, a way that models and fosters trust in God. So much of the ideological critique that currently dominates the academy fails to achieve these ends. Scripture is critiqued but never interpreted. The critic exposes but never exposits. Thus the word itself recedes into the background, and we are left talking about the politics of interpretation, having lost the capacity to perform interpretations.” (Richard Hays, Paul As Interpreter, 198)

Powerful, clear, and challenging for those of us who work with the text and people for a living.



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