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Unpublished Paper
Hermeneutcs, Prophecy, and the Church
  • Jordan P Ballard
The principles of interpretation, known as hermeneutics, are essential to interpreting the text of Scripture and to identifying the overarching storyline of the Bible. Principles of interpretation are needed because the Bible is an ancient text which is separated from the modern reader in terms of distance, time, language, and culture. Evangelical scholars begin with the method of grammatical-historical exegesis to analyze both the original language and the cultural context of the text in order to properly understand Scripture. Grammatical-historical exegesis includes studying the context, grammar, semantics, syntax, and historical and cultural backgrounds of the text. The grammatical-historical method is a search for the “literal”, “normal”, or “plain” meaning Scripture which takes into account the use of figures of speech as a normal part of human language. Some theological systems only use the grammatical-historical method, and some theological systems use other principles of interpretation in addition to the grammatical-historical method. In fact, the differences in theological systems are largely the result of the rules by which these systems operate. The goal of this paper is to provide an overview of the hermeneutics of traditional dispensationalism, progressive dispensationalism, and progressive covenantalism, and to give particular attention to how proponents of each system understand the promises of Israel’s restoration and eschatological blessings in relation to the church as well as the fulfillment of the temple vision in Ezekiel 40-48. An evaluation and statement of my own views will appear at the end of the paper.
  • dispensationalism,
  • hermeneutics,
  • progressive dispensationalism
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Jordan P Ballard. "Hermeneutcs, Prophecy, and the Church" (2012)
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