This essay considers two “postliberal” approaches to biblical hermeneutics: that of Stanley Hauerwas and of Hans Frei. Both are committed to the integrity and particularity of the biblical narratives and so reject the assumption that these narratives should be fit into putatively general interpretive frameworks, but they disagree about the implications of this commitment. For Hauerwas, it entails that Scripture’s meaning is available only to those who have been transformed through churchly discipline, whereas for Frei, it entails that the meaning of the biblical narratives must be ‘directly accessible’—it entails, that is, that there must be no gap between the narratives and their meaning, between their meaning and their ‘plain sense,’ nor between the narratives and the ‘essence’ of the one they depict.
Prof. Hector offered an illustration in our Glaubenslehre seminar yesterday to explain an account of God's omnipresence whereby "the effects of His causal being-in-Himself are everywhere". The illustration involved a paper on hermeneutics as an effect of Prof. Hector's causal being-in-self that exhibited his presence in some sense. Was the hermeneutics paper to which he referred this one, perhaps? In any case, as you read about Frei and Hauerwas on biblical interpretation, you may want to be aware of the Hectorian presence in the published effects of his causal being-in-self.