By W. Randolph Tate

Concentrating on the 3 'worlds' of biblical interpretation, the area at the back of the textual content, the realm of the textual content and the area in entrance of the textual content, this booklet contains transparent reasons of a number of the interpretive ways, supported via biblical examples.

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Hendrickson, 2003). Context The range of meaning of a word or phrase is determined by its context. , ways it has been used in a variety of historical situations. This is helpful, of course, because an author often modifies the meaning of a word within a particular context; on the other hand, the author’s modification may be set in relief by a knowledge of the word’s historical uses. A word’s range of meaning may aid in understanding its meaning within a particular context. For example, myste¯ rion (mystery) was used in the mystery religions to refer to a body of knowledge that was available only to the adherents of the particular mystery.

In the past few years, interpretive methodologies have focused on the text and the reader rather than on the author. This swing of the pendulum has produced some E 1 Clarence Walhout, “Texts and Actions,” in Roger Lundin, Anthony Thiselton, and Clarence Walhout, The Responsibility of Hermeneutics (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1985), 56. 12 THE WORLD BEHIND THE TEXT very healthy results, not least of which has been a renewed interest in the biblical texts and the role that the responses of readers play in the creation of meaning.

Richard Miller; New York: Hill & Wang, 1974). ; ed. Donald Keesey; Boston: McGraw Hill, 2003), 7. Why Study Backgrounds? ”4 Does the author successfully incarnate this intention within the text and communicate it to the audience? The answer to this question is rather complex. From a phenomenological perspective, an author perceives an object of consciousness (the mental formulation of the text). This object is not synonymous with the text. The text is the concrete literary product of the author’s object of consciousness.

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