Interpreting Scripture with the Great Tradition

Recovering the Genius of Premodern Exegesis

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The rise of modernity, especially the European Enlightenment and its aftermath, has negatively impacted the way we understand the nature and interpretation of Christian Scripture. In this introduction to biblical interpretation, Craig Carter evaluates the problems of post-Enlightenment hermeneutics and offers an alternative approach: exegesis in harmony with the Great Tradition. Carter argues for the validity of patristic christological exegesis, showing that we must recover the Nicene theological tradition as the context for contemporary exegesis, and seeks to root both the nature and interpretation of Scripture firmly in trinitarian orthodoxy.


1. Who is the Suffering Servant? The Crisis in Contemporary Hermeneutics
Part 1: Theological Hermeneutics
2. Toward a Theology of Scripture
3. The Theological Metaphysics of the Great Tradition
4. The History of Biblical Interpretation Reconsidered
Part 2: Recovering Premodern Exegesis
5. Reading the Bible as a Unity Centered on Jesus Christ
6. Letting the Literal Sense Control All Meaning
7. Seeing and Hearing Christ in the Old Testament
8. The Identity of the Suffering Servant Revisited
Appendix 1: Criteria for Limiting the Spiritual Sense


"I love this book! Carter unequivocally starts out with the Christian Platonism that informed the Nicene tradition and unabashedly takes aim at the naturalism that undergirds biblical exegesis in modernity. Carter's contemplative logic is irrefutable: If Scripture participates in the Word of God, then we are surely right to see Christ sacramentally present also in the Old Testament Scriptures."

Hans Boersma, J. I. Packer Professor of Theology, Regent College

The Author

  1. Craig A. Carter

    Craig A. Carter

    Craig A. Carter (PhD, University of St. Michael's College) is professor of theology at Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto, Ontario, and is the author of Rethinking "Christ and Culture." He previously served as vice president...

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