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Podcast Throwback: How then shall we read? Hermeneutics, Typology, and Trinity

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

Dr. 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 TraditionHeavenly Participation: The Weaving of a Sacramental Tapestry; and Scripture as Real Presence: Sacramental Exegesis in the Early Church.

Matthew Barrett

Matthew Barrett is the editor-in-chief of Credo Magazine, director of the Center for Classical Theology, and host of the Credo podcast. He is professor of Christian theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the author of several books, including Simply Trinity, which won the Christianity Today Book of the Year Award in Theology/Ethics. His new book is called The Reformation as Renewal: Retrieving the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. He is currently writing a Systematic Theology with Baker Academic.

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