Christology And Biblical Interpretation: Two Must Read Posts

“Rather, the gospel forms our basic “attitude” toward the Old Testament–a “hermeneutical posture,” which is that point of view from which we read and by which the Old Testament can be accessed. It is to acknowledge that the very questions we raise, the very way in which we interact with the Old Testament, is profoundly shaped by our having been raised and united with the crucified and risen Christ.”

- Peter Enns: Reading the Old Testament: You Gotta Have Attitude


“This puts a Christocentric reading on a Trinitarian path, but that Trinitarian nature of revelation is made even more clear through understanding the role of the Spirit. […] To summarize, then, God the Spirit testifies to God the Son who makes God the Father known to his people.”

by Matt Emerson: Christocentric Method

I find myself torn; I agree with the general thrust of both of these articles even though there are some conflicts between both views being proposed here. Both are claiming Jesus to be the center. The question is how do we move forward? Where do we go from here, us being Gentiles in Christ, without covering up the story of Israel?

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10 thoughts on “Christology And Biblical Interpretation: Two Must Read Posts

  1. Thanks for the link. Don’t get me wrong – the allegorical/spiritual/Christological sense ought always to be tied to the literal/historical/textual sense. The story of Israel can’t be stripped of it’s historical message just to fit Christ in it. That being said, I’d say the entire OT is characterized by messianic eschatological hope – the OT writers are constantly looking forward for deliverance through YHWH coming and bringing his kingdom. So Christological interpretation shouldn’t be divorced from the story of Israel at all.

  2. I agree with the idea of Christocentric interpretation, but at the same time I think there’s a danger of jumping too quickly to Jesus when reading the Old Testament and not letting it speak for itself.

    The wisdom literature is a good example. Christ can illuminate it further, but on its own it has a lot to tell us (especially when the books are taken together as a whole rather than just prooftexting Proverbs for financial advice).

    • “especially when the books are taken together as a whole rather than just prooftexting Proverbs for financial advice”

      Yes! I agree soooo much with this!

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