Hermeneutics is the theory and methodology of interpretation, especially the interpretation of biblical texts, wisdom literature, and philosophical texts…The terms hermeneutics and exegesis are sometimes used interchangeably. Hermeneutics is a wider discipline which includes written, verbal, and non-verbal communication. Exegesis focuses primarily upon the word and grammar of texts. Wikipedia
In many ways, taking a position that scripture interprets scripture is diametrically opposed to the modern idea of Biblical hermeneutics. In fact, according to Wikipedia, prevailing approaches to interpretation within the domain of biblical hermeneutics includes such things as “layers of meaning”, “reader’s context”, and “trajectory hermeneutics.” So where does that leave the simple idea that Scripture interprets Scripture and where does it come from?
HowScriptureanswers "Who said scripture interprets scripture?"
God said that scripture interprets scripture1,2,3,5,6,11,12,15. Furthermore, it is the only practice for interpretation we see in the Bible3,4,7,8,9,10,13,14,16. We never see someone consulting alternative sources or human wisdom3, but are commanded not to go beyond what is written15. The entirety of Scripture forms a complete picture2,8,9,10,12,13. The very idea that God is the sole author1,6 forces the conclusion that Scripture cannot contradict itself5 and must also fully interpret itself since God cannot lie. Of course, we still must draw conclusions and/or teach/explain as needed7,9,14. Jesus required the lawyer to form a conclusion after reading it10 (and only it15). Scripture is the sole source for morality and obedience…it was this way for those under the Law4,7,8,10,16 (“Scripture” for that time) as well as for those (like Timothy1 and us) under the Gospel3,9,11,13,14,15.
The Bible Study Framework is built specifically for the purpose of “forcing” we humans to let Scripture interpret Scripture. We specifically want to steer away from the other human tendencies that might inhibit Scripture’s ability to interpret Scripture. Of course, there comes a point where we have to draw a conclusion. “What is this passage telling us?” We can still go wrong here, but the steps of the BSF are intended to keep us pointed in the right direction for the best possible conclusion…
Hopefully, we can deal with Scripture honestly. Looking at what it says. Putting it in the proper context of “all Scripture,” without going beyond Scripture with too much context. Gathering any, only, all passage(s) that might apply without Scripture weighting or disqualifying any part of God’s word because “it doesn’t fit” our preconceived belief or doctrine.
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