The Bible As Theodrama

Posted: August 28, 2011 in bible, books, exegesis, quotes

Verbal inspiration is not a license for reading words out of canonical context. We need to be able to grasp the whole, and to situate the parts in the whole. The unity of the Bible is neither that of a philosophical system nor a system of moral truths. On the contrary, the unified sum and substance of the Bible are theodramatic: the gospel recounts the history of what God has said and done with his “two hands” (Son and Spirit), and indicates what we should say and do in response.

– Kevin Vanhoozer, “Scripture and Hermeneutics,” in The Oxford Handbook of Evangelical Theology, p. 46

For more on this, see Stephen Nichols’ new book, Welcome to the Story: Reading, Loving, and Living God’s Word.

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