I tend to lean towards interpretive skepticism myself. At first sight, Jesus looks rather arrogant, like the fundamentalists who harp that “the Bible clearly says” such-and-such. At the same time, it is interesting to see the context and presuppositions behind Jesus’ interpretive method. In any case, interesting post!
If you’ve been in a Bible study or spent more than about 10 minutes surfing pop theology writings, you have probably run across a claim of this sort. The idea is that with so many different readings of Scripture, it’s either arrogant or hopeless to think we can come to a determinate, or correct understanding of it. In other words, the mere fact of interpretive disagreement ought to put us off from claiming anything very strong for our interpretations of Scripture.
This sort can take a couple of different forms.
First, someone can go full-blown, radical skeptic and just say that the text has no inherent, determinate meanings, only uses. Or maybe that it’s a springboard for our own thoughts about…
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