The Pentecostal-Charismatic community has searched unsuccessfully for consensus on a hermeneutical approach to Scripture for the past three decades. The problem is not unique to this community of believers but they bring a unique set of theological presuppositions which find their way into the hermeneutical circle. Evangelicals in general, and Pentecostal-Charismatic believers in particular, are heavily invested in historical-criticism and grammatical hermeneutical methods. A strong emphasis on historical-grammatical analysis to the neglect of contemporary application presents Scripture as a static document enrobed in a culture that is at times foreign to the modern reader. As the scholarly community seeks to bridge the historical gap between the horizons of past and the present, there is a clear need to find meaning for the modern reader. This research explores the strengths and limitations of Fee’s historical-grammatical approach and Gadamer’s philosophical-dialogical approach to present options that are biblically sound while being relevant to the contemporary reader.
|School Location:||United States -- Virginia|
|Source:||MAI 58/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Charismatic, Fee, Gordon D., Gadamer, Hans-Georg, Hermeneutics, Pentecostal, Truth and method|
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