THEO 330 Journal Article Review Instructions

This assignment is designed to get you started with your Research Paper for this course. Doing research well requires planning and time, so the sooner you start looking for good supporting articles, the better your research—and by extension, your Research Paper—will be. This assignment gives you an opportunity to get started early (for a grade) and to receive feedback from your instructor with regards to the direction of your research and your topic in general. Below are the general steps you should follow as you complete this assignment.

Step 1: Select a peer-reviewed scholarly journal article related to your proposed research topic for the Research Paper. This process can take a little while, so leave yourself enough time to do some looking.

NOTE: The Liberty University Library Database has some excellent resources for you, and can be located under the “Academic Resources” header in the Services/Support link. Remember that you will need to cite your source in Turabian format.

Step 2: Read the article thoroughly, identifying the main arguments and the supporting arguments. You may need to re-read it to really pinpoint the arguments.

Step 3: In a MS Word file, write a 1 page Summary of the Journal Article.

Step 4: In the same MS Word file, write a ½ page Analysis. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the article.

Step 4: In the same MS Word file, write a ½ page Synopsis of how this article fits within the scope of your proposed research topic. Be sure to include your Research Paper’s thesis statement.

Step 5: Compose your paper (as an Microsoft Word file) based on all of the steps above.  Be sure to include Turabian formatted: Title Page, Footnotes, and Bibliography Page. *The Title Page and Bibliography Page are not to be included in the two pages of content.

Step 6: Edit your Journal Article Review for spelling, grammar, and length. Make sure that it does not exceed 2 pages.

Submit your Journal Article Review by 11:59 p.m. on Monday of Module/Week 3.


Journal Article Review

Journal Article Review

Article summary

           Brad East’s article entitled “The Hermeneutics of Theological Interpretation: Holy Scripture, Biblical Scholarship and Historical Criticism” aims to elucidate the paradox that exists between a theological interpretation of the Bible and academic biblical authorship/understanding. The role of historical‐critical methods in theological interpretation of the scripture is also discussed. An antique-critical means influence the literary, biblical authorship/understanding of the scripture. The author presents the four primary dogmas of theological interpretation. The four convictions that Brad East identifies include literal, allegorical, moral, and anagogical interpretations. With literal interpretation, the basic meanings of historical texts are used to set forth the authors’ intention. Moral interpretation of scripture sets forth exegetical doctrines. An allegorical construal infers scriptures from the second point of view or foreshadows. Consistent with the author, a mystical/anagogical interpretation clarifies that scripture has to do with or anticipate what will happen in the future. 

           The article indirectly seeks to draw hermeneutical insights and theological interests, which biblical scholars use to interpret scriptures. Brad East exhibits novelty by showing the essence of doctrine and dogma in the comprehension of scriptures. The authors examine the connection between scripture and history. The author creates an account that beliefs towards God and the church are important for the scriptures’ successful composition and development. The journal relays how hermeneutical inferences relate to spirituality and divine authorship. The article critiques empirical molds and expansive assertions of ancient reproaches. The author avers that the historical reading of the Bible is short of spirituality that built Christian faith.

Strengths and weaknesses of the article

           The article does not ignore the four convictions of the scripture. The author finds the literal historical elements and historical occasion of text before designating a form of interpretation. Brad East is mindful of interpretation principles before discussing the Holy Scripture, biblical scholarship, and ancient criticism. Besides providing hermeneutics, the journal presents exegesis for an extensive exposition of the scriptures. Even though the author takes the “insider” position in the article, his personal views discounts some cultural features. He makes assumptions about the connotation and import of certain phenomenons that touch on scriptures. His observations and understandings are somewhat limited to the four convictions of scripture interpretation.


           This article fits within the scope of human authorship of the scripture. Studies about hermeneutics and exegesis edify how the Bible came about and stories of life. The author picks the gift of divine authorship as the sole root of scripture writing. The Bible is a long time in the making and not just a bunch of stories that cannot be substantiated. Authors of the scriptures had some experience with the words or inspiration before writing the texts. Human authorship and interpretation of scriptures are God-breathed. Therefore, it does not matter who wrote the scriptures because God is the Bible’s primary author. The research paper will seek to ascertain whether the Bible is self-attesting to be God’s word but written by humans through divinity. It is upon people to buy into the conviction or reject it and anticipate the consequences of their views.


East, Brad. “The Hermeneutics of Theological Interpretation: Holy Scripture, Biblical Scholarship and Historical Criticism.” International Journal of Systematic Theology 19, no. 1 (2017): 30-52.