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Reading the Way to Heaven

A Wesleyan Theological Hermeneutic of Scripture

Steven Joe Koskie Jr

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ISBN: 978-1-57506-706-3

208 pages
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2014

Journal of Theological Interpretation Supplements

Reading the Way to Heaven

A Wesleyan Theological Hermeneutic of Scripture

Steven Joe Koskie Jr

The proliferation of work on the theological hermeneutics of Scripture in recent years has challenged and reimagined the divisions between systematic theology and biblical studies on the one hand and academy and church on the other. Also notable, however, has been the absence of a full-length treatment of theological interpretation from a Wesleyan perspective. This monograph develops a Wesleyan theological hermeneutic of Scripture, approached as a craft learned from a tradition-constituted appropriation of John Wesley’s hermeneutics. This hermeneutic requires a descriptive analysis of the context, grammar, and ruled reading of the literal sense in Wesley’s interpretive practices, as well as critical interaction with the analysis in light of contemporary issues. As a result of this interaction, continuity and discontinuity between Wesley’s and Wesleyan interpretation emerges and is accounted for.

 

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The proliferation of work on the theological hermeneutics of Scripture in recent years has challenged and reimagined the divisions between systematic theology and biblical studies on the one hand and academy and church on the other. Also notable, however, has been the absence of a full-length treatment of theological interpretation from a Wesleyan perspective. This monograph develops a Wesleyan theological hermeneutic of Scripture, approached as a craft learned from a tradition-constituted appropriation of John Wesley’s hermeneutics. This hermeneutic requires a descriptive analysis of the context, grammar, and ruled reading of the literal sense in Wesley’s interpretive practices, as well as critical interaction with the analysis in light of contemporary issues. As a result of this interaction, continuity and discontinuity between Wesley’s and Wesleyan interpretation emerges and is accounted for.

The Wesleyan theological hermeneutic developed here defines the church as Spirit-formed context within the larger divine economy of salvation, in contrast with Wesley’s emphasis on individual soteriology and underdeveloped ecclesiology. Within this community context, Wesleyan theological interpretation is a means of grace whereby the Holy Spirit reinterprets the identity of readers into children of God. Theological interpretation invites readers on a Wesleyan account to participate in the textually mediated identity of Jesus Christ through the gracious work of the Holy Spirit. Wesleyan identity is therefore a figurally created identity based on the literal sense of Scripture. Wesley’s analogy of faith, which rules his reading of Scripture, thus gives way to a more explicitly trinitarian rule of faith.

1. A Survey of Theological Hermeneutics

Introduction

Contemporary Theological Hermeneutics

Theological Hermeneutics: Summary of the Issues

Toward a Wesleyan Theological Hermeneutic: A Preview

2. The Wesleyan Conversation

In Search of a Wesleyan Theological Hermeneutic of Scripture

MacIntyre and Reading Wesley in the Wesleyan Tradition

3. A Postliberal Contribution

Hans Frei’s Theological Hermeneutics

In Dialogue with Frei

4. Wesley’s Theological Hermeneutics

John Wesley’s Soteriological Visio

Hermeneutics and Holiness

5. Wesley’s Hermeneutics in Action

Sermons

Explanatory Notes

The Literal Sense in Wesley’s Hermeneutics

6. Appropriating Wesley I

Church as Spirit-Formed Context

Toward a Wesleyan Hermeneutical Context

7. Appropriating Wesley II

Umberto Eco’s Reception Theory

Forming the Wesleyan Model Reader

8. A Wesleyan Theological Hermeneutic of Scripture

From Wesley to Wesleyan

Demonstration of a Wesleyan Theological Hermeneutic of Scripture

Conclusion

Bibliography

Index of Authors and Subjects

Index of Scripture

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