Hermeneutical Foundations of Hebrews. A study in the validity of the Epistle's interpretation of some core citations from the Psalms

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This study enquires into the consistency of both the writer's exegetical content and hermeneutical methodology with historical-grammatical hermeneutics. Part I compares Hebrews' interpretations of Psalms 45:6,7; 8:4-6; and 95:7-11 with their meanings in their respective OT contexts. Part II re-examines the writer's use of Psalm 95 from a methodological perspective since the Epistle's closest resemblances to midrash are found here. It also enquires into the hermeneutical validity of the writer's typological interpretation of Melchizedek, which arises from Psalm 110:4.


". . . a careful defense of the contemporary hermeneutical validity (within Evangelical perspectives) of the use of Psalms in Hebrews against allegations that Hebrews distorts the meaning of the OT by fanciful methods of interpretation. . . . His investigations of individual passages are generally careful and thorough. . . . his observation that there must be something in the original Hebrew text that gives rise to similar but independent intertestamental interpretations is useful. . . . a useful contribution to exegetical and hermeneutical discourse." - The Catholic Biblical Quarterly

". . . demonstrates an excellent knowledge of the field and shows himself to be an accomplished technical scholar, especially in his careful handling of the details of the quotations." -- Dr. Donald A. Hagner ". . . skillful in handling OT texts in their setting. His investigation of the alternatives in interpretation of disputed points is marked by ... thoroughness ... His control of the literature pertinent to the study ... is masterful. " - Dr. William L. Lane

"The author reflects a good hermeneutical sense in both his christological and typological framework for biblical interpretation." - Southwestern Journal of Theology ". . . some clear and detailed analysis of the various Psalm texts in their own right. . . " - The Expository Times

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