Theological interpretation of non-biblical texts

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Sarisky, Darren. (2019) Theological interpretation of non-biblical texts. Scottish Journal of Theology. 72(4), pp. 385 - 397. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0036930619000607
AuthorsSarisky, Darren
Abstract

Against the backdrop of the debate about theological reading of scripture, this essay asks whether there ought to be theological interpretation of non-biblical texts. The claim is that there should be, since theology can serve as an encompassing framework that structures all of one's beliefs. On this view, non-biblical literary texts function as a set of non-privileged signs pointing toward the Christian God. These texts should therefore be read using a reading strategy that relates them to God. This raises some complexities in the argument, however, because if these texts not only do not form part of the biblical canon, but also are different in content from those that do, then it is not straightforward how they can be read with reference to the Christian God. The essay wrestles with this issue as well as the objection that the proposal advocates a version of natural theology.

KeywordsBasil of Caesarea; biblical interpretation; literature; theological interpretation
Year2019
JournalScottish Journal of Theology
Journal citation72 (4), pp. 385 - 397
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISSN0036-9306
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1017/S0036930619000607
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85079826059
Page range385 - 397
Research GroupInstitute for Religion and Critical Inquiry
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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