What kind of book is the Bible? If, as some suppose, the Bible is simply the product of human ingenuity, then we must read it like we read any other book. The meaning of any particular passage is limited strictly to the intention of the human author who wrote it. Questions pertaining to historical context, grammar, and human intent are the sum total of relevant hermeneutical questions. But if the Bible is another kind of book entirely, if it is authored not only by men but also by the Triune God who inspired them, then it is more than the sum of its parts. What is God up to with the words that he inspires? What kind of world does a duel-authored text like the Bible presuppose? What does metaphysics have to do with how we read the Bible?
In this episode of the Credo Podcast, Matthew Barrett is joined by Hans Boersma to discuss hermeneutics, typology, and the Trinity. In the end, they show how the Bible–and indeed, the world in which the Bible was written–is far more than meets the eye.
Hans Boersma is the Chair of the Order of St. Benedict Servants of Christ Endowed Professorship in Ascetical Theology at Nashotah House Theological Seminary, where he arrived in 2019. Prior to this, he taught at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada for fourteen years. He is the author of many books, including, Seeing God: The Beatific Vision in the Christian Tradition; Heavenly Participation: The Weaving of a Sacramental Tapestry; and Scripture as Real Presence: Sacramental Exegesis in the Early Church.
Matthew Barrett is Associate Professor of Christian Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as the founder and executive editor of Credo Magazine. He is the author of several books, including Canon, Covenant and Christology: Rethinking Jesus and the Scriptures of Israel; None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God; 40 Questions About Salvation; God’s Word Alone: The Authority of Scripture; Reformation Theology: A Systematic Summary; Salvation by Grace, and Owen on the Christian Life. He is the host of the Credo podcast where he engages top theologians on the most important theological issues today.