The Hermeneutic Imperative: Reading the Bible as Scripture**A previous version of this paper was presented at a meeting of the Netherlands School for Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion (Noster), dept. of Systematic Theology, May 1995. | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 50, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 2542-6583
  • E-ISSN: 2590-3268



The author argues for a distinction in four hermeneutical types in the struggle over right interpretation of the Bible. These approaches are dubbed respectively . The first two options are typically modern and foundationalist whereas the latter approaches are postmodern and antifoundationalist. To avoid relativism, we need a normative interpretation but not an authoritarian one. Reading the Bible as scripture is to interpret the world and oneself. Because the meaning of a text is always open-ended, the meaning of scripture is always the fruit of an interpretative act which implies the hermeneutical imperative.


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