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What’s the “right way” to interpret Scripture?

Since the emergence of biblical criticism, scholars have argued over how to interpret the Bible. Some think that the text’s meaning can be understood only when we place ourselves in the shoes of the people who wrote it (in this case, Jews living 2,000–3,000 years ago). Others think that the text’s meaning can be reached only through the divine mediation of the Holy Spirit, or some other source of direct divine authority.

From this latter camp, we often hear arguments that history simply “doesn’t matter”—that the text “speaks for itself,” and that further study about the texts’ language and context is useless at best and damaging to faith at worst. On the other hand, from those advocating “higher criticism,” we hear that the text “has no meaning” outside of its historical context—that in order to come to a consensus about the text’s truth (if such a truth even exists), we must see exactly as the writers saw.

And so the student of Scripture is torn: which of these seemingly irreconcilable approaches is right

A solution in synthesis

Berit Olam: Studies in Hebrew Narrative & Poetry (13 vols.) and the Sacra Pagina New Testament Commentary Series (18 vols.) strike a balance between historical criticism and deep spiritual understanding.

Both contain not only an in-depth look at the historical context in which the Scriptures were written, but also an examination of how Christians throughout the ages have interpreted them. These collections stand out because one interpretive method is not pitted against the other; rather, they achieve synthesis by incorporating both the commentary of Christian thought through the ages and a keen attention to historical detail and context.

What this means for you

These collections are enormous breakthroughs in biblical scholarship and commentary—they’ll help you find answers that are theologically meaningful and wide in scholarly scope. Both the Berit Olam and the Sacra Pagina weave together thousands of years of Christian and Hebraic commentary, multiple exegetical methods, and some of the best linguistic and historical research available in the English language.

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