Barcellos on Hermeneutics


The Midwest Center for Theological studies is a local Baptist Church based ministerial training academy of the Heritage Baptist Church of Owensboro, KY. MCTS provides local and distance learning students with the finest theological training, aimed at preparing men of God to serve their local congregations. MCTS has a high academic reputation and it is doing a wonderful job, as a tool in the arsenal of God, to bring local church reform to baptized congregations across America.

Dr. Richard Barcellos is associate professor of New Testament Studies and administrative assistant to Dr. Sam Waldron. He received a B.S. from California State University, Fresno, an M.Div. from The Master’s Seminary, and a Th.M. and Ph.D. from Whitefield Theological Seminary. In 1990 he planted a church in Southern California and pastored there until July of 2006, when he relocated to Owensboro, KY, to become part of MCTS. He is the managing editor of Reformed Baptist Theological Review, author of In Defense of the Decalogue, and co-author of A Reformed Baptist Manifesto. He has also contributed articles to RBTR, Founders Journal, and Table Talk. Professor Barcellos is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and one of the pastors of Heritage Baptist Church.


The following is a repository to blog posts and class notes which accompany Dr. Barcellos’ summer session hermeneutics class, now in session, at MCTS.

New Testament Use of the Old

Summary: It seems then, that Dispensationalists recognize that the way in which the Apostles interpreted the Old Testament (Matthew 2:6-7, citing Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:15, citing Hosea 11:1; Matthew 27:46, citing Psalm 22:1) does not square with the Dispensational system of hermeneutics. The Dispensational response, then, is to conclude that the application that the Apostles made of Old Testament Scripture was uniquely inspired and not normative. The traditional method of interpretation sees the Apostolic interpretation as being normative for the Church (Luke 24:25-27; 44-49).

History of Interpretation

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