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Theological Interpretation of Scripture and Its Future

Stephen E. Fowl

This essay will quickly review some of the recent movements and concerns that led to the reemergence of theological interpretation of scripture. In this light, the essay will present and examine three issues facing theological interpretation as it moves forward into the future. The first issue concerns debates around the self-definition of theological interpretation. The less said here the better. The second concerns the relationship between theological interpretation and the practices of historical criticism. After a great deal of hostility and mutual recrimination, the time is now right to reflect on this relationship in less fevered tones. Finally, theological interpreters of scripture should focus some attention on the formation of future theological interpreters.

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