Wisdom Literature and Epistles as Case Laws

It is interesting to observe that the New Testament Epistles and much of the Old Testament Wisdom literature have a function that closely parallels the case laws of the Torah. This observation helps us see that the contemporary approach to exegesis that attempts to adduce universal principles from Biblical texts misses the point of their … Continue reading Wisdom Literature and Epistles as Case Laws

Is a Covering Long Hair or Veil? Interpreting 1 Corinthians 11:1-16

Have you ever wondered why Evangelical Christians who believe the Bible to be inerrant and authoritative do not require women to veil themselves in the Church? Is that not the clear meaning of 1 Corinthians 11, often interpreted as referring to the veiling of woman (e.g., ESV “if a wife will not cover her head, … Continue reading Is a Covering Long Hair or Veil? Interpreting 1 Corinthians 11:1-16

Is There a Cultural Mandate for Christians?

Is a child’s math work as “sacred” as his prayer-life, as one Christian article argues?1 The reasoning behind a positive answer is the concept of a creation or cultural mandate given by God to Adam and Eve, thought to be applicable to Christians today. This mandate appears in discussions ranging from care of the Earth … Continue reading Is There a Cultural Mandate for Christians?

An Investigation into the Role of Context in Interpretation

Context and Meaning Context is essential to understanding all communication,  yet why is this the case? In this article, I contend that context both limits and reveals textual meaning so that texts can be used. Texts of every sort are “multivalent”; they have a wealth of meaning potential. A text is meant to say something … Continue reading An Investigation into the Role of Context in Interpretation

The Christian Worldview (4): Ethics (c)

In the early posts on ethics, under the perspective of normativity, we have already seen much of what we could discuss under the perspective of the individual Christians role in ethical decisions. Each Christian is a member of the new creation, expected to act accordingly. They are to live under the law of Christ and … Continue reading The Christian Worldview (4): Ethics (c)