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There is a (seeming) trend in hermeneutics towards a theological interpretation of Scripture (e.g., Daniel Treier, Kevin Vanhoozer, etc.) that seeks to offer a way forward beyond the traditional restraints of the historical-critical methodologies.   Certainly there are many different forms of theological interpretation many of which are niches (such as feminist, liberation, black), but this trend seems to be growing in more traditional evangelical circles.  I’ve spent a fair bit of time reading such works of late as I process just how my Master’s thesis will flow and will be writing a chapter on the “theological meaning and significance of yom in Genesis one”.

I guess my question is what sorts of parameters might you consider necessary for providing direction towards a theological interpretation of Scripture to guard it from degenerating into a free-for-all radical reader-response methodology?  Would you include the intention of the author/s (implied and/or explicit), ‘original’ audience of the text and/or canonically reconstructed reception, parameters for the historical and/or contemporary (?) regula fidei of the Church?  Are there more important and less important measures for judging the adequacy of such a theological interpretation?

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