Event Title

Hermeneutical Approaches in New Testament Studies: Galatians 2:11–14 as a Test Case in the Search for a Suitable Methodology

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Seminary S215

Start Date

9-2-2018 12:30 PM

End Date

9-2-2018 1:00 PM

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The discipline of New Testament Studies is challenged by the ever-increasing number of approaches to biblical exegesis. However, these approaches provide new angles and insightful nuances. Today, hermeneutical approaches feature a wide spectrum from detached objectivity to preposterous subjectivity. So, how to decide which methodologies provide meaningful and appropriate interpretations? Chapter one explores how recognized methodologies developed along with its orientations: diachronic, synchronic, and a-chronic. Respectively, these have as formative orientation the author, the text, and the reader. I investigate whether the principle of suspicion—intrinsic to Biblical Studies—is harmful. In the following chapters I use Galatians 2:11–14 as test case; a complex text shown by the diverse interpretations. The second and third chapters explore what is paramount to sound interpretation employing Narrative Criticism and Social-Scientific Criticism. Under the influence of suspicion, doubt is produced; however, the same approach can produce satisfactory results without those presuppositions. Scholars still doubt the validity of Paul’s remarks for various reasons. A hermeneutic of trust brings the narrative and social elements together to present a cohesive picture of what Paul intended with his personal story. The crux issue of finding approaches suitable for exegesis may be resolved when we allow the text to challenge us.

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Hermeneutical Approaches in New Testament Studies: Galatians 2:11–14 as a Test Case in the Search for a Suitable Methodology

Seminary S215

The discipline of New Testament Studies is challenged by the ever-increasing number of approaches to biblical exegesis. However, these approaches provide new angles and insightful nuances. Today, hermeneutical approaches feature a wide spectrum from detached objectivity to preposterous subjectivity. So, how to decide which methodologies provide meaningful and appropriate interpretations? Chapter one explores how recognized methodologies developed along with its orientations: diachronic, synchronic, and a-chronic. Respectively, these have as formative orientation the author, the text, and the reader. I investigate whether the principle of suspicion—intrinsic to Biblical Studies—is harmful. In the following chapters I use Galatians 2:11–14 as test case; a complex text shown by the diverse interpretations. The second and third chapters explore what is paramount to sound interpretation employing Narrative Criticism and Social-Scientific Criticism. Under the influence of suspicion, doubt is produced; however, the same approach can produce satisfactory results without those presuppositions. Scholars still doubt the validity of Paul’s remarks for various reasons. A hermeneutic of trust brings the narrative and social elements together to present a cohesive picture of what Paul intended with his personal story. The crux issue of finding approaches suitable for exegesis may be resolved when we allow the text to challenge us.