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Interpreting and responding to the Johannine feeding narrative: An empirical study in the SIFT hermeneutical method amongst Anglican ministry training candidates

Leslie J. Francis
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 68, No 1 | a1205 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v68i1.1205 | © 2012 Leslie J. Francis | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 19 December 2011 | Published: 17 August 2012

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Leslie J. Francis, Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit, University of Warwick, United Kingdom; Department of New Testament Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Drawing on Jungian psychological type theory, the SIFT method of biblical hermeneutics and liturgical preaching maintains that different psychological type preferences are associated with distinctive readings of scripture. In the present study this theory was tested amongst two groups of ministry training candidates (a total of 26 participants) who were located within working groups according to their psychological type preferences, and invited to reflect on the Johannine feeding narrative (Jn 6:4−22), and to document their discussion. Analysis of these data provided empirical support for the theory underpinning the SIFT method.


Jungian psychological type theory; the SIFT method; biblical hermeneutics; liturgical preaching; psychological type preferences; Johannine feeding narrative in John 6:4-22


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