FINDING THE ‘WORLD’ IN BIBLICAL STUDIES: GOD-TALK, CULTURE AND HERMENEUTICS IN THE STUDY (AND TEACHING) OF FAITH

Gerald A Klingbeil

Abstract


This study seeks to describe the elusive links between world, theology, and faith by
means of a concise chronological review of how historically these crucial elements
interacted and what role empirical methods played in this interaction. Following
this, particular focus will be given to one current empirical method of interpreting
Scripture, i.e., cultural criticism. Recognizing the importance of biblical metaphor
to the hermeneutical enterprise, the study will review how cultural criticism relates
to one important biblical metaphor, i.e., God-as-a-warrior. In conclusion, it is
argued that biblical hermeneutics need to use a model of interpretation that
emanates from the Bible itself, instead of employing primarily a model that is
foreign to the Bible. This, in turn, will inform the crucial issue of the interaction
between world, theology and faith and their relationship to empirical methods

Keywords


Hermeneutics, Biblical Interpretation, Cultural Criticism, God-as-a-Warrior, Metaphor, Theology, Faith

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/101-0-635

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