Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary


Religion, Old Testament Studies PhD

First Advisor

Richard M. Davidson

Second Advisor

Fernando L. Canale

Third Advisor

Roy E. Gane



No exegesis or act of interpretation is presuppositionless. Accordingly, this study addresses the question of the influence of philosophical presuppositions upon the interpretation of the God-human relation in Exodus.

Chapter 1 provides a brief introduction to why such analysis is necessary. The chapter explores the neglected issue of presuppositions in exegesis and why Exodus is an appropriate platform upon which to evaluate them. This introductory chapter also presents the purpose and methodological approach of this study, namely, the descriptive analysis of the text.

Chapter 2 addresses the philosophical issues behind the conception of the God-human relation, namely the notion of ontology (God), the notion of epistemology (human), and the notion of history (relationship).

Chapter 3 identifies these philosophical conceptions in the foundation of two interpretative traditions: the historical-grammatical and historical-critical methods.

Chapter 4 traces the influence of these presuppositions within the interpretation of Exodus in general, and in the context of the notion of the God-human relation in particular. The dissertation concludes by summarizing the findings and conclusions and exploring the academic and existential implications of the study.

Subject Area

Bible. Exodus--Criticism, interpretation, etc