How Prophetic Is Biblical Prophecy? An Evaluation Of Sandy’s View Of Prophecy As Described In “ Plowshares & Pruning Hooks” -- By: Joseph Parle
Journal: Journal of Ministry and Theology
Volume: JMAT 22:2 (Fall 2018)
Article: How Prophetic Is Biblical Prophecy? An Evaluation Of Sandy’s View Of Prophecy As Described In “ Plowshares & Pruning Hooks”
Author: Joseph Parle
JMAT 22:2 (Fall 2018) p. 109
How Prophetic Is Biblical Prophecy?
An Evaluation Of Sandy’s View
Of Prophecy As Described In “
Plowshares & Pruning Hooks”
My remembrance of Dr. Bill Arp: I am thankful for Dr. Arp and his influence on my life. I am particularly thankful that he arranged for my wife to be mentored by his wife during our visits to Baptist Bible Seminary. That was especially helpful as we were newly married and trying to navigate PhD studies and marriage. I really appreciate what he taught me about illumination having less to do with identifying the meaning of the text but instead welcoming how to apply the text. His emphasis on the importance of singularity of meaning and authorial intent impacted my studies of the Scripture and is addressed in my evaluation of Plowshares and Pruninghooks by D. Brent Sandy.
Recent attempts by advocates of the open view of God to reconsider God’s ability to accurately predict the future led to a reevaluation of the nature of prophetic language. D. Brent Sandy offers an alternative to what he considers to be two extremes in the arena of prophetic interpretation. On one hand, he writes to counter the liberal assertion that minimizes the divine inspiration of prophecy, while disagreeing with any approach that reads all prophecy in what Vanhoozer calls a literalistic way. Sandy’s mediating position focuses on the performative nature of language and argues that most prophecies in the Bible are metaphorical and should not be interpreted at face value. He bases his arguments on speech act theory, examples of allegedly unfulfilled prophecies in the
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Bible and genre analysis that overemphasize the apocalyptic nature of many prophecies. This article will describe and evaluate Sandy’s arguments as expressed in his book Plowshares and Pruning Hooks: Rethinking the Language of Biblical Prophecy and Apocalyptic.2 The purpose of this article is to evaluate Sandy’s arguments on prophetic communication, literal versus figurative communication, his use of speech act theory, his view of implicitly conditional prophecy, his arguments on fulfillment of prophecy, his arguments regarding apocalyptic literature, and his hermeneutical method for prophetic interpretation. This study will demonstrate that Sandy’s view is a departure from traditional dispensationalism and his arguments are not convincing enough to change the hermeneutic for interpreting prophecy.
Description Of Sandy’s View
This section will endeavor to describe the view of D. Brent Sandy, a professor of Biblical Studies at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indi...
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