Jowett B. – On Interpretation Scripture

On Interpretation is an essay by Benjamin Jowett promoting a progressive interpretation of Scripture subject to reinterpretation with each generation.

On Interpretation is an essay by Benjamin Jowett promoting a progressive interpretation of Scripture subject to reinterpretation with each generation.

“On the interpretation of scripture”

By Benjamin Jowett

On Interpretation is an essay by Benjamin Jowett promoting a progressive interpretation of Scripture subject to reinterpretation with each generation.

The essay “On the interpretation of scripture” was contributed by Benjamin Jowett. When asked to contribute, Jowett saw the opportunity to challenge traditionalists. He was a rationalist and insisted that the bible ought to be treated as scholars treated classical texts. Jowett was a proponent of progressive revelation. The books of the Bible written later were seen to be closer to the ultimate revelation of God as seen in Jesus Christ as revealed in the Gospels. The epistles and other New Testament writings were seen to look back.

The implication of Jowett’s essay (and his other writings) — that revelation was ongoing and that scripture was always subject to reinterpretation as each generation encountered them — was the target of his traditionalist foes. Jowett was slandered for his honesty concerning his beliefs but he suffered no actual penalty other than an infamously low salary at Christ Church, Oxford. However, in 1863 Jowett was brought before the vice-chancellor’s court for teaching contrary to the doctrines of the Church of England; the case was eventually dropped.”

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