Introduction To The Volume -- By: STR. Editor

Journal: Southeastern Theological Review
Volume: STR 05:1 (Summer 2014)
Article: Introduction To The Volume
Author: STR. Editor


Introduction To The Volume

STR. Editor

The current volume of STR continues the theme of the previous volume, STR 4/2 (2013), which centered upon “Theological Interpretation of Scripture” (hereafter “TIS”). In the previous editorial, I noted that Gordon McConville has dubbed the discipline of biblical theology as a “somewhat slippery creature,” a designation which could be applied to TIS as well!1 In that edition, I highlighted some reasons for its slipperiness:

1. It is not terribly new.

2. It is not distinctive methodologically.

3. It is not biblical (enough).

4. It is not theological (enough).

Nonetheless, critiques against TIS may derive from those who quibble over the unapologetic nature of its practitioners to engage in biblical interpretation, which is theological, which informs the whole of life, as the Church listens for God’s voice in Scripture. In various ways, practitioners of TIS attempt to hear and “hearken unto” God’s voice in Holy Scripture.

Each of the essays in this volume carry forward this program, though in different ways. If theological interpretation is interested in the interconnections in Scripture, how should one understand typology in particular? David Schrock asks this methodological and hermeneutical question. Schrock explores typology from exegetical-historical, covenantal, and theological basis. Schrock limits his study to persons who are “types” of Jesus Christ. He argues that a “valid Christological type must be textual in its origin, covenantal as to its theological import, and Christotelic in its teleological fulfillment.” Following upon Schrock, David Wenkel assesses the significance of possessions (expressly “food” and “clothing”) in the life of the people of God. Wenkel uses a “whole-Bible” kind of biblical theology as a way to frame his study. Using this approach, he is able to determine a salvation-historical narrative structure to Scripture and he argues that “God’s people have always been pilgrims

on this earth; this identity is the basis for the simple provision of food and clothing.” Grenville Kent provides techniques to read aloud Holy Scripture in the context of worship. As TIS is always interested in the link between Scripture and its ecclesial home, this essay is of interest in a practical theology of worship. Kent provocatively titles his approach to the public Scripture reading as “vocal exegesis.” Richard Briggs’ piece interacts thoroughly with K...

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