oa Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary - The christocentric principle : promise, pitfalls, and proposal

Volume 13, Issue 03
  • ISSN : 1996-8167



This article is a response to 'The Christocentric Principle: A Jesus-Centred Hermeneutic' (Peppler 2012). The author argues that the christocentric principle holds much promise as an interpretive tool for all branches of evangelical theology. The article then identifies two potential pitfalls in the way the christocentric principle might be used, namely, (a) treating the gospels as a canon within a canon and (b) imposing a distorted picture of Christ upon other biblical texts. It is proposed that these pitfalls can be avoided if the rest of the canon is allowed to inform the christocentric principle, just as the christocentric principle often guides our interpretation of the rest of the canon.

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