Contextualization vs. Interpretation
By Dr. William Cook
- Nothing has meaning except in context. By definition, therefore, interpretation is inherently flawed. It presupposes a filter – human perception – between implication and inference. The only sure way of understanding Scripture is contextualization; that is, the objective analysis of the context in which a particular passage was written. As a result, new meaning, and, more importantly, the original intent is discovered. Traditional misconceptions are exposed and doctrinal assumptions challenged.
This book examines the six contextual “spheres”: the semantic; the immediate; the scriptural, the historical; the cultural, and the philosophical. The illuminating effect of this approach is best seen as it is applied to five fundamental tenets that traditionally have been obscured by assumptions. The truth is revealed in its full power – as Jesus intended.