Hermeneutics has to do with how one approaches interpretation in the various tasks of theology. In this posting, I would like to present in outline form how I believe we should approach a hermeneutic for missional Biblical theology. While my proposal will actually offer a perspective on hermeneutics beyond the task of Biblical theology itself, this is necessary if we intend to relate mission theology and practice to Biblical theology. While this may read somewhat theoretically, it is intended to guide the practice of interpretation for missional Biblical theology.
The Four Tasks of Theology
A fairly standard way to consider the tasks of theology is to see them in terms of two tasks of Biblical interpretation and two tasks of construction. I suggest labelling these tasks as follows:
1. the exegetical task, which…