Video repost: Chris Tilling on Biblical Genre and Relational Truths

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May 21, 2014 Tags: Biblical Authority, Biblical Interpretation, Creation & Origins

Today's video features Chris Tilling. Please note the views expressed here are those of the author, not necessarily of The BioLogos Foundation. You can read more about what we believe here.

In this video, theologian Chris Tilling, New Testament Tutor for St Mellitus College and St Paul's Theological Centre in London, discusses biblical genre and the relational truth of Scripture. Tilling notes that when we read the biblical text, we bring our own presuppositions and assumptions to the text (what theologians call “eisegesis”).

Commentary written by the BioLogos editorial team.


Chris Tilling is Tutor in New Testament Studies and teaches across the whole at St. Mellitus College. He studied at St Andrew’s University and London School of Theology and has completed a doctorate under Max Turner in Pauline Christology. He has written several articles on aspects of New Testament studies, and has translated many others from German into English. Additionally, he is the author of a popular theology blog site entitled Chrisendom.


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Jon Burnett - #85516

May 21st 2014

I enjoyed the video! The last sentence above, however, confuses me. Don’t most theologians distinguish exegesis (drawing the authorial intent out of the text) and eisegesis (injecting our intent into the text by bringing “our own presuppositions and assumptions to the text”)? I understand that the first can easily slide into into the second if one is not careful, but doesn’t the distinction remain?


James Stump - #85517

May 21st 2014

Yes, Jon, you’re correct.  We’ll fix it ASAP.  Thanks for pointing it out.


Roger A. Sawtelle - #85518

May 21st 2014

The Bible is about relational truths, because it is about a relational God, not an absolute God.


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