Interpreting the Bible as Literature: Historical and Contemporary Contexts with Implications for Christian Education

From: Volume 4, Issue 1: Spring 2007 Pages 78-99


Over the past 30 years, literary approaches to biblical interpretation have gained precedence in many religious and literary circles. However, confusion often exists regarding what “interpreting
the Bible as literature” actually means. This article explores the multifaceted nature and significance of this methodology from the Middle Ages through the mid-20th century and then focuses
on trends in contemporary hermeneutics by outlining three distinct literary approaches. The article concludes by providing for Christian educators some implications of and practical recommendations
for applying this methodology in practice and ministry.



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