"For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God:" Biblical Theology's Role within Christian Counseling

Schultz, Richard L.
May 2010
Edification: The Transdisciplinary Journal of Christian Psycholo;2010, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p47
Academic Journal
The use of Scripture within Christian counseling would be significantly enriched by an understanding of biblical theology's intermediate role between biblical interpretation and systematic theology. As a better alternative to a "proof- texting" approach to the Bible, biblical theology can help us (1) to find our own place within the biblical story, (2) to avoid confusing ourselves with the biblical characters, (3) to read texts holistically: chapters, sections, and entire books, (4) to learn from the biblical authors themselves how to apply the Scriptures, and (5) to follow the longitudinal development of biblical themes. An examination of the interpretation and application of Psalm 51 illustrates these five areas of biblical theology's potential contribution to counseling practice.


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