Hermeneutica Sacra and its Implications For Old Testament Theology

Julius Ndishua ORCID iD

Issue: Vol.3  No.3  March  2022  Article 5 pp. 77-84
DOI : https://doi.org/10.38159/ehass.2022335  |   Published online 31st March, 2022.
© 2022 The Author(s). This is an open access article under the CCBY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).


Scholars have used different hermeneutical approaches to interpret the Holy Scriptures. A scholar’s background, the gap between the author and the reader, and scholars’ diverse context and worldview are possible problems that affect a unified approach in handling Hermeneutica Sacra. From this perspective, this paper argues that no method is superior to another; instead, integrating some approaches to interpreting the Holy Scriptures is perhaps the better option. The researcher used the descriptive method in this paper. The findings reveal that the Christological and typological approaches can be used integratively to interpret the Old Testament. Also, allegorical, literal and symbolic methods can possibly be used to interpret signs, symbols, and imageries. The interpretation of these signs, symbols, and imageries is essential for understanding Old Testament Theology. African scholars should promote integrative methods for the interpretation of the Holy Scriptures.

Keywords: Hermeneutical Sacra, Old Testament Theology, Scripture Interpretation, Hermeneutics, Hermeneutical Approaches

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Rev. Julius Ndishua is an Ordained Minister at the Cameroon Baptist Convention, Cameroon. He holds a Master’s degree in Old Testament language and literature from the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary-Ogbomoso, Nigeria (NBTS). He is currently a PhD candidate in Old Testament language and literature in the same institution. He has research interests in style and code-switching in the Old Testament.

Ndishua J., “Hermeneutica Sacra and its Implications for Old Testament Theology .” E-Journal of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences 3, no.3 (2022):77-84.  https://doi.org/10.38159/ehass.2022335

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