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February 15, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Kevin Vanhoozer is one of my favorite authors.  Here he provides a helpful thought about intention and interpretation.

Whose intentions guide interpretation?  To interpret Scripture theologically is to read for the divine intention, and this means reading each part in light of the canonical whole.  The canonical context alone forms the proper context for describing what God is doing in his word and for understanding the purpose for which God’s word was sent (Isa 55:11).  To limit oneself to recovering only the human authorial intentions is to fall short of theological interpretation.  And to impose one’s own intentions or the intentions of one’s community is to fail to guard oneself from potential idols. (Vanhoozer, “Intention/Intentional Fallacy,” in Dictionary of Theological Interpretation, 330)

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