Biblical Authorship and Sensus Plenior Research Paper by Melly

Biblical Authorship and Sensus Plenior
This paper examines the areas of Biblical authorship and sensus plenior as part of the science of Biblical hermeneutics.
# 103529 | 2,740 words | 12 sources | MLA | 2007 | US

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This paper explains that hermeneutics, both a science and an art, exists for the purpose in propagating interpretation. The author points out that the study of sensus plenior is a foray into the more artistic side of biblical interpretation, firmly grounded in the foundation of literal interpretation of the text. The paper relates that sensus plenior is a theological proposition stating that there is more to some texts than the author's initially understood there to be; therefore, certain interpreters have been divinely inspired to "see" new meanings in the text that are accurate and merely previously overlooked. The author states that sensus plenior is inextricably linked with the single and dual theories of biblical authorship. The paper concludes that sensus plenior allows for Old Testament passages to be reinterpreted in light of New Testament revelation and then checked against all other available passages on the matter.

Table of Contents:
Dual Authorship
In Favor
Single Authorship
In Favor
Sensus Plenior

From the Paper:

"In his writings, Peter claims that the biblical authors were moved by the Holy Spirit. Paul made similar claims when he stated that the Scriptures were God breathed. "Hence the Bible claims that Spirit-moved writers uttered God-breathed writings." This hypostatic union attempts to explain the partnership of the divine and human author. A comparison can be made to the Council of Chalcedon's theory to explain the divinity and humanity of Christ. The Council decreed that it is necessary to emphasize the divinity of Christ as well as the humanity of Christ."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Campbell, Lee. "Matthew's Use of the Old Testament: A Preliminary Analysis," Xenos Online Journal, 2000 (27 February 2007).
  • Carson, D.A. and John D. Woodbridge, ed.,Hermeneutics, Authority and Canon. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1986.
  • Gaussen, L. The Plenary Inspiration of The Holy Scriptures deduced from Internal Evidence, and the Testimonies of Nature, History and Science. Chicago, IL: The Bible Institute Colportage Association, 1850.
  • Geisler, Norman. How History Views the Bible: Decide for Yourself. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1982.
  • Geisler, Norman. Systematic Theology: Volume 1. Minneapolis, MN: BethanyHouse, 2002

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