Bible – Hermeneutics

153 Large Fish

Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not torn. (John 21:11) This is one of those texts in the Bible that many people puzzle over. It is not a puzzle for some. They say this […]

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Cosmic Language, 2

The first installment of this article may be found here. The Image of Man This brings us to a substitutionary atonement which we do understand, the fulfilment of the cruciform Tabernacle in the cross of Christ. Although Jesus’ execution was Physical and Social, it was primarily Personal. Beginning in Galilee (World), working through Judah and Samaria (Land) and […]

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Bible.

One of the most important contributions of twentieth-century Catholic nouvelle théologie, and of Henri de Lubac and Jean Danielou in particular, was its rehabilitation of the typological interpretation of the Bible practiced by patristic and medieval theologians. Typological interpretation assumes that events and institutions of the Old Testament present (to use Augustine’s terminology) “latent” pictures […]

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Joshua Typology

Richard Ounsworth begins his Joshua Typology in the New Testament with an excellent discussion of what he calls “ontological” typology, which he handily summarizes in four points. Typology involves “correspondences between real historical events, personalities, institutions, etc. described in scripture,” a correspondence that is discerned (not created) by the reader of Scripture, where the correspondences are […]

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Everything Concerning Himself, 2

Like any great writer, the Lord foreshadows late happenings in early happenings. Like many greater writers, the Lord ends where he begins, returning to a glorified Edenic city-sanctuary at the end of his cosmic story. The Lord writes with history, real people and events, not merely with words. But His writing of history is like […]

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Rehabilitating the Quadriga

According to the medieval theory of the “Quadriga” or the “fourfold sense” of Scripture, each passage of Scripture has four dimensions of meaning. Protestants generally cast a suspicious eye on this “method” of reading. That’s a mistake. It’s a handy guide to the questions we should always ask as we study Scripture. The first question […]

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