QOTD – John Webster’s Definition of Theological Interpretation

Theological interpretation can take many forms, some commentarial, some in other genres; not all theological interpretation is immediately recognizable as such. Theological interpretation is not simply a matter of audience (church rather than scholars of the history and literature of biblical religion); nor is it a kind of topical or thematic interpretation, interspersing commonplaces into exegesis; nor is it necessarily a preference for ancient interpretive practices. It is more a way of reading which is informed by a theologically derived set of interpretive goals, which are governed by a conception of what the Bible is: Holy Scripture, God ministering his Word to human beings through human servants and so sharing with them the inestimable good of knowledge of himself.

John Webster, The Domain of the Word: Scripture and Theological Reasoning p. 30

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