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Gorman on Theological Interpretation

Michael J. Gorman, professor of Sacred Scripture and Dean of the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore, Maryland, has recently completed a series on theological interpretation on his blog Cross Talk (see now too the link to Cross Talk in the blogroll in the sidebar).  The posts are excerpts from the revised and expanded edition of Elements of Biblical Exegesis. In them, he discusses the eight principles of theological interpretation.

The first post introduces the topic of theological interpretation. The second post considers the Chalcedonian (or Incarnational) and the Catholic (or Universal) principles. The third post considers the Communal (or Ecclesial) and the Canonical principles. The fourth post considers the Coherence principle. The Charismatic principle is discussed in the fifth post. And finally, the sixth post discusses the Conversion (or Transformative) and the Constructive principles.


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