By Richard R. Topping

How does God's involvement with the iteration of Holy Scripture and its use within the lifetime of the Christian church determine into the human paintings of Scripture interpretation? this can be the vital query that this booklet seeks to handle. In serious dialog with the influential hermeneutic courses of James Barr, Paul Ricoeur and Hans Frei, Topping demonstrates how God's service provider has been marginalized within the activity of Scripture interpretation. Divine involvement with the Bible is bracketed out (Barr), rendered in universal phrases (Ricoeur) or left implicit (Frei) in those depictions of the hermeneutic box. the result's that every of those hermeneutic courses is under a ’realist’ interpretative inspiration. speak of God is eclipsed by means of the terminal attention of human realities. Topping argues for the centrality of doctrinal description in a full of life theological knowing of Scripture interpretation for the lifetime of the church.

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