John wrote to the churches to which he was ministering. We want to take the message to them that we determine by exegesis and we want to apply that message to us today.
Karl-Otto Apel b. It was a real life sentence. One form of this is called subjectivity, assuming that whatever I first understand the text to mean is what it means to me; applying the passage directly to my life without understanding its original meaning or context.
Away from me, you evildoers!
In other words our goal is to hear scripture speak to us not to bring our ideas and confirm our own presuppositions and ideas in scripture. Hence, the theology is no better than the exegesis that underlies it.
When a name is repeated twice, it is symbolic of an intimate relationship. The purpose of biblical hermeneutics is to protect us from misapplying Scripture or allowing bias to color our understanding of truth.
An utterance is a sentence which occurs in real life. Every passage, every sentence, every paragraph in the Bible has a specific place, has a specific time, has a specific historical position. We can get around that difficulty, however, by recognizing the difference between what we call a sentence and what we call an utterance.
Howard termed this approach analytic hermeneutics.