The main purpose of this talk is to treat the problem of fictionalism through the tension between hermeneutics and epistemology. Thereby, my thesis is that there are two immediate ways in which one can engage with the issue of fiction – the main being epistemological (1) (is it true/false, is it useful?), and the other being hermeneutical (2) (how does it augment reality? how does it engage with me?). Following this, and moving beyond fiction, I seek not to discriminate between these two with exclusivity, nor to use an analogical middle way, but to see them as complementary, though paradoxical, movements that work as a natural agonistic engagement with the world (1&2) (a truth that is not merely propositional, but a truth that can be embodied, humane, dialogical, a lived truth – a truthful life). This hypothesis will be developed within the framework of biblical theology, using the problem of biblical fictionalism as a mere paradigm for our issue.