I’m in a PhD seminar in Hermeneutics with Dr. Andreas KÃ¶stenberger. Hermeneutics is the science and art of interpreting the Bible. In this particular seminar class, we were discussing historical narrative – primarily, historical narrative in the Old Testament. We talked briefly about discovering normative principles within historical narrative.
Dr. KÃ¶stenberger suggested that one of the reasons that people have a hard time determining what is normative from narrative is that people do not practice biblical interpretation. Instead, they leave interpretation up to their pastor, teacher, favorite author, etc. This started a lively and informative discussion concerning how the church can help all members practice biblical interpretation.
There were many, many suggestions, from having training sessions for teachers to individual discipleship, from explaining our method of interpretation from the “pulpit” to allowing others (not seminary trained) to teach “from the pulpit”.
There seems to be a tendency in the church today that leaders are responsible for interpreting Scripture for everyone else. 1) Do you agree that this is a tendency? 2) If so, should something be done about this? 3) What can leaders do about this? 4) What can others (non-leaders) do about this?