Thursday, May 11, 2017

The surprising extra meaning of the Bible

“we are often surprised by the meaning that the NT authors find in the text of the OT … [list of examples] In the case of Jesus and the apostles, this exegesis of the OT in the NT assumes the understanding that a word or sentence can have deeper meaning and a much farther reaching thrust than the original author suspected or put in it.” (p396) – similarly with Goethe and other classical authors! “In Scripture this is even much more strongly the case, in the conviction of Jesus and the apostles, it has the Holy Spirit as its primary author and bears a teleological character.” (p396-7, Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics, vol. 1)

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