[asa] sensus plenior

From: George L. Murphygmurphy@raex.com <Murphygmurphy@raex.com>
Date: Mon Mar 19 2007 - 14:34:20 EDT

<p>&gt; &gt; &gt; Rich said:  David, maybe with your background being Reformed in a Catholic institution could explain the Wikipedia article on Biblical Accommodation. It appears to have come from from the Catholic Encyclopedia of 1913. From my own Reformed perspective I do not recognize anything that remotely approaches accomodation in a Reformed context. &gt; &gt;   &gt; Rich, thanks for pointing this out.  I think you mean this Wiki:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biblical_Accommodation &gt;   &gt; This is a different sort of &quot;accomodation&quot; than the one we have been discussing here.  The sense discussed in that Wiki is in applying passages to contemporary circumstances in ways that are not evident from the context of those passages themselves.  I think, but I'm not certain, that this notion is linked to the concept of a &quot;sensus plenior&quot; in scripture -- a meaning, perhaps hidden, that the original authors did not intend (Wiki here:  &gt; http://en.wikiped
 ia.org/wiki/Sensus_plenior)  &gt;   &gt; Interestingly, I'd suggest that some &quot;concordists&quot; and YECs use this &quot;Catholic&quot; sense of &quot;accomodation&quot; by proposing modern scientific interpretations of Bible passages, in ways that would never have occurred to the original writer or audience. </p><p>Traditional appeals to a <em>sensus plenior</em> of scripture - &amp; particularly application of the idea to OT texts - have often been in connection with a christological reading of such texts.  E.g., there may be a &quot;fuller sense&quot; of Hosea 11:1 than just the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, a sense elucidated by Matthew 2:15.  Whatever else may be said about that, there is some warrant for it in the fact that the NT finds such a meaning in the text.  But there is no such warrant for trying to find cosmic expansion in Isaiah 44:24 or subatomic particles in Hebrews 11:1.  This is one of the things I discussed some time ago in a PSCF article at
 <a href="http://www.asa3.org/ASA/PSCF/1996/PSCF6-96Murphy.html">http://www.asa3.org/ASA/PSCF/1996/PSCF6-96Murphy.html</a> .</p>
George L. Murphy

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