I just finished reading a fascinating book on the hermeneutics of the apostle Paul. It is a revised doctoral dissertation from Matthew Bates who studied at the University of Notre Dame under David Aune. In The Hermeneutics of Apostolic Proclamation: The Center of Paul’s Method of Scriptural Interpretation (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2012), Bates argues that Paul employs something called prosopological exegesis.
Sounds fun doesn’t it? But what is it?
Prosopological exegesis explains a text by suggesting that the author of the text identified various persons or characters (prosopa) as speakers or addressees in a pre-text, even though it is not clear from the pre-text itself that such persons are in view
Of course Peter Leithart blogged about this method back in 2009 because he seems to be cognizant of everything.
The monograph is wide-ranging with a number of assertions. Over the next week or so I am going to jot down some salient highlights from the book.
I hope you will follow along.