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A Strategy for Reading Biblical Texts

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Johnson T.K. Lim

A Strategy of Reading Biblical Texts provides a fresh impetus to the ongoing debate of hermeneutics and methods in biblical scholarship by examining three core hermeneutical strategies. These are author-oriented, text-oriented, and reader-oriented approaches. It also critiques the contributions and limitations of each strategy and argues for a hermeneutical strategy that takes into account the micro and macro biblical corpora. Readers are challenged to apply basic hermeneutical protocols when reading biblical texts. A theological reading of the biblical texts is crucial and vital because the Bible is a theological document. This book also addresses some of the pivotal but nagging questions of meaning, authority, and the reader’s context.