Biblical Interpretation: Theory, Process, and Criteria
Kim, Yung Suk
Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2013 pp. xv + 106. $15.00
Description: Yung Suk Kim asks important questions in Biblical Interpretation: Why do we care about the Bible and biblical interpretation? How do we know which interpretation is better? He expertly brings to the fore the essential elements of interpretation—the reader, the text, and the reading lens—and attempts to explore a set of criteria for solid interpretation. While celebrating the diversity of biblical interpretation, Kim warns that not all interpretations are valid, legitimate, or healthy because interpretation involves the complex process of what he calls critical contextual biblical interpretation. He suggests that readers engage with the text by asking important questions of their own: Why do we read? How do we read? and What do we read?
Subjects: Bible, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Literary Approaches, Social-Scientific Approaches, Ideological Critique, Theological Approaches
Review by Valeriy A. Alikin
Citation: Valeriy A. Alikin, review of Yung Suk Kim, Biblical Interpretation: Theory, Process, and Criteria, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).
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