Triperspectival Hermeneutics

triperspectival-pic.jpg David Fairchild and I spoke yesterday about a triperspectival hermeneutics.  He has posted some great insight into how to use a triperspectival hermeneutic .  Here is a snapshot, but I encourage you to read the whole post.

Our Triune God is omniperspectival and sees all perspectives simultaneously. This should humble us and cause us to seek other perspectives to gain a richer understanding of His truth since it shows us that we have a very limited view of things.

Prophet Perspective:

If we tend towards a prophet perspective, meaning that we are normatively and theologically inclined, we will often look at the text with a grid of systematic theology. This means that we read a passage of Scripture and almost instinctively think of the passage under its neatly categorized theological heading. We see the text as support for the bigger theological topics in an almost apologetic way.

Priest Perspective:

If we tend towards a priestly perspective, meaning that we are more often emotionally in touch and engaged, we may come to the text to see how this affects my heart, my emotions. We look at the text to “sense” what is happening within it. We may say things like “this is how it makes me feel,” or “I know it’s right intuitively, I just can’t explain it.”

King Perspective:

If we tend more towards kingly perspective, meaning that we are situationally oriented, we may come to the text with a concern for how this text applies to real life. How it is worked out practically. We look at the text to “see” what it looks like. The strength of the king is found in the ability to apply a truth to real life situations. A king will often come to the text and instinctively understand how it should look. A king may prefer discussion oriented learning rather that book learning. A king needs to get his hands on the idea and grapple with it in conversation. Kings are great at organizing structures and systems to work out the vision of the text. Kings are very creative when thinking through how to build bridges missionally to others as a church/corporation.

These are quick summaries, read the whole post at David's site including DIAGRAMS!  Our brother is getting creative over there.  Article: Triperspectival Hermeneutics

4 Comments
  • cavman

    June 14, 2007, 2:13 pm

    That’s some good, thoughtful material. I’ve been trying to process some of the prophet, priest, king stuff for some time. So few people seem to think in those categories of ministry. But it is easy to see why some churches don’t grow because they don’t have a balance in the gifts.
    Thanks for passing this along!

  • Mike

    June 16, 2007, 1:26 pm

    Good post. Thanks for the info.

  • Philip

    June 17, 2007, 4:41 pm

    Wow, church is getting so complicated, I have a degree so I don’t think I’m stupid and I don’t even know what the words you use mean. What is triperspectival? Perhaps it should be my new word for the day to slip into my conversations with the great unwashed!