Developing a Scripture Interpretation Library - What to Get?

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  1. O'GodHowGreatThouArt

    O'GodHowGreatThouArt Puritan Board Sophomore

    Good evening all.

    I'm looking into reorganizing my theology library to focus on the interpretation of Scripture. Specifically, I'm wanting to highlight three areas:

    1) Historical context of Scripture (the times during which the word of God was penned as well as relevant matters such as culture and politics of the region/s in question)
    2) Exegetical Context of Scripture (what did it say in the original languages)
    3) The Study of Hermeneutics
    3) Criticism of scripture (i.e. historical, literary, lower/higher, and other areas I'm not thinking of.)

    I wanted to ask ya'll if you knew of any books fitting these areas that come from a reformed framework, particularly for sections 2 and 4.

    Thanks for your help!
  2. py3ak

    py3ak They're stalling and plotting against me Staff Member

    For 1, the recommended volumes of introduction and the introductory sections of commentaries will get you started and point you to further literature.
    For 2, you're going to be looking at dictionaries, grammars, and commentaries, which will all point you to other works where points of value can be found.
    For the second 3, the items under number 1 will also get you started and point you to more resources.
    For the first 3, there is quite a voluminous literature. These are some that I have consulted with profit:
    Louis Berkhof, Principles of Biblical Interpretation
    Foundations of Contemporary Interpretation (6 volumes in 1 - I think the 2 by Mois├ęs Silva were better than the rest)
    Patrick Fairbairn, Typology of Scripture; Hermeneutical Manual

    Bernard Ramm, Milton Terry, and Fee and Stuart also wrote widely-referenced textbooks on hermeneutics, but I didn't like them so well. I think you can learn a lot of good hermeneutics from watching good interpreters in action - e.g., John Calvin, David Dickson, Alfred Edersheim, Geerhardus Vos; reverse-engineering their processes makes you think about hermeneutical principles concretely.
  3. Jash Comstock

    Jash Comstock Puritan Board Freshman

    D. A. Carson's Exegetical Fallacies. And "Let the Reader Understand: A Guide to Interpreting and Applying the Bible" by Clayton and McCartney.
    I may be mistaken, but I believe Geerhardus has some works on the subject as well.
  4. ADKing

    ADKing Puritan Board Junior

    A very good resource are the volumes in the series "The Exegetical Labors of the Reverend Matthew Poole". His "Synopsis of the Critics" is outstanding! Currently there are only some volumes translated into English, but it is an ongoing work. In my opinion, these really are essential. The Matthew Poole Project | Purchase
  5. Hamalas

    Hamalas whippersnapper

    I'd get a Bible.

    (Sorry, I couldn't resist! Seriously though, I'm looking forward to hearing how our PB brothers/sisters will answer this excellent question).
  6. Eoghan

    Eoghan Puritan Board Junior

    Ah but which version and in which edition, black calfskin or Highland goatskin?
  7. Romans922

    Romans922 Puritan Board Professor

    Get the Byzantine (Ecclesiastical Text) and stay away from Critical Text people who like to take verses out of Holy Scripture.
  8. reaganmarsh

    reaganmarsh Puritan Board Senior

    Thread hijack commencing in 3, 2, 1...

    Just teasing!
  9. Peairtach

    Peairtach Puritan Board Doctor

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    reaganmarsh Puritan Board Senior

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