Concordia Theological Monthly

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Essays in Hermeneutics

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st. paul, new testament, roman, christian, culture, epistles, hebrew language, palestine, silvanus

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


In the circle of language the interpreter seeks to master the language in which the Scriptures were originally written; in the circle of history he seeks to master the world in which and for which the Scriptures were originally written; he strives to envisage and to keep before himself, as concretely and as plastically as may be, the geographic, social, economic, and cultural pattern in which the original proclaimers and the first hearers lived and moved. This pattern, or complex, includes also the past of which the proclaimers and hearers were the inheritors, for by the very fact that a man is born of parents he is irrecoverably linked with the past and comes into the world with history upon him. This is especially true of the all-influential and decisive past of the Old Testament revelation of God, which was, of course, for the devout Hebrew and for the believing Church not strictly past at all, but an ever-present and continually effective actuality. When the Magi arrived in Jerusalem, Micah was no dim historical figure, but a present voice; and at Pentecost the voice of Joel, in the mouth of St. Peter, was a living, and for those who would hear, a decisive tongue.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Philippians 4:16; Acts 17:1; 1 Thessalonians 1:8; Acts 17:2; Acts 2:5; 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10; Romans 9:4-5; Romans 10:3; Acts 17:5; 1 Thessalonians 2:14-16; 2 Corinthians 8:2;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars