Hermeneutics

 

SEARCHING FOR MEANING AN INTRO TO INTERP

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In this clear, comprehensive, student-friendly textbook, biblical scholar and teacher Paula Gooder describes and illustrates the range of approaches to interpreting the New Testament, as taught in universities and seminaries throughout the English-speaking world. Top scholars give a short definition of a particular criticism, and then Gooder gives a practical example to demonstrate how that criticism can be applied to a biblical text. A very broad range of methods is introduced, from traditional criticisms such as source criticism and historical criticism to more modern methods such as feminist criticism and liberation criticism. Readers will understand how different meanings and emphases can be drawn from a text depending upon the method of interpretation chosen. They will also be given the skills to start analyzing and examining texts for themselves in a meaningful and insightful way.

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October 22, 2008

SEEING THE WORD

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At a time of deep disagreements about the nature and purpose of academic biblical studies, Markus Bockmuehl advocates the recovery of a plural but common conversation on the subject of what the New Testament is about.

Seeing the Word begins with an assessment of current New Testament studies, identifying both persistent challenges and some promising proposals. Subsequent chapters explore two such proposals. First, ground for common conversation lies in taking seriously the readers and readings the text implies. Second, Bockmuehl explores the text's early effective history by a study of apostolic memory in the early church.

All serious students of the Bible and theology will find much of interest, and much to discuss, in this first volume in the Studies in Theological Interpretation series.

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September 1, 2006

Short Sentences Long Remembered a Guided Study of Proverbs & Other Wisdom Literature

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This is the last of a six-volume series called Reading the Bible as Literature. In this series, the author not only explores the intersection of the Bible and literature, but he also shows pastors, students, and teachers of the Bible the beautiful craftsmanship of Proverbs and wisdom literature and how to interpret them correctly. Dr. Ryken goes one step further than merely explaining the genre of Proverbs and wisdom literature by including exercises to help students master this rich literary treasure.
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December 1, 2016

SLAVES WOMEN & HOMOSEXUALS

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He leads you through the maze of interpretation that has historically surrounded understanding of slaves, women and homosexuals, and he evaluates various approaches to these and other biblical-ethical teachings. Throughout, Webb attempts to "work out the hermeneutics involved in distinguishing that which is merely cultural in Scripture from that which is timeless" (Craig A. Evans). By the conclusion, Webb has introduced and developed a "redemptive hermeneutic" that can be applied to many issues that cause similar dilemmas. Darrel L. Bock writes in the foreword to Webb's work, "His goal is not only to discuss how these groups are to be seen in light of Scriptures but to make a case for a specific hermeneutical approach to reading these texts. . . . This book not only advances a discussion of the topics, but it also takes a markedly new direction toward establishing common ground where possible, potentially breaking down certain walls of hostility within the evangelical community."
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June 28, 2001

SOCIAL SCIENCES & NT INTERPRETATION

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Methods and findings from the social sciences are increasingly important for New Testament scholars. Unfortunately, however, anthropology and related disciplines are still unfamiliar territory for many students of the Bible. This work acquaints readers with this territory by providing introductions and basic bibliographic orientations to the application of social-scientific categories to New Testament research.Although it is impossible to know fully how ancient people lived their daily lives, these essays come as close to realizing that goal as we moderns are likely to get. Required reading for anyone who respects Scripture enough to investigate the world in which it was written and to which its writers originally spoke . . . an invaluable resource for pastor, seminarian, and scholar alike.
William R. Herzog II, Colgate-Rochester Divinity School
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November 1, 1996

Symbols & Reality a Guided Study of Prophecy Apocalypse & Visionary Literature

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This is the fifth of a six-volume series called Reading the Bible as Literature. In this volume, the author not only explores the intersection of the Bible and literature, but he also shows pastors, students, and teachers of the Bible how to appreciate the craftsmanship of visionary literature and prophetic oracles and how to interpret them correctly. Dr. Ryken goes one step further than merely explaining the genre by including exercises to help students master this rich literary treasure. Speaking of the entire series, Ryken says, "The niche that these volumes are designed to fill is the literary approach to the Bible. This has been my scholarly passion for nearly half a century. It is my belief that a literary approach to the Bible is the common reader's friend, in contract to the more specialized types of scholarship on the Bible."
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December 1, 2016

TAMARS TEARS

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Synopsis: Evangelical and feminist approaches to Old Testament interpretation often seem to be at odds with each other. The authors of this volume argue to the contrary: feminist and evangelical interpreters of the Old Testament can enter into a constructive dialogue that will be fruitful to both parties. They seek to illustrate this with reference to a number of texts and issues relevant to feminist Old Testament interpretation from an explicitly evangelical point of view. In so doing they raise issues that need to be addressed by both evangelical and feminist interpreters of the Old Testament, and present an invitation to faithful and fruitful reading of these portions of Scripture. Endorsements: "Anyone who thinks that an 'evangelical feminist' is an impossibility--and especially an evangelical feminist who affirms the importance of the Old Testament--will need to engage with these thoughtful essays. Taking seriously the twin challenges of biblical authority and contemporary feminism, these essays not only chart a way through contested texts with clarity, they also model a way ahead for evangelical feminism that is truly inclusive." -David G. Firth St. John's College, Nottingham "Tamar's Tears is a stimulating and engaging collection of essays, which hits all the hot-button OT passages for both feminist and evangelical hermeneutics. The commitment to engage rather than combat is not only refreshing but necessary at a time when many evangelicals are looking for more compelling paradigms for gender relations. This book moves the conversation forward." -Peter Enns Independent Scholar and Writer "Tamar's Tears provides excellent examples of interacting with, learning from, and critiquing differing positions. Readers will find consistently good scholarship, integrity, and a love for and trust in the Bible as God's Word. No reader, whatever their starting perspective, will agree, or for that matter disagree, with everything here, but all will be stimulated and challenged to look again and think again about what the Bible (and feminist theology) actually says." -Mary Evans London School of Theology Author Biography: Andrew Sloane is Lecturer in Old Testament and Christian Thought at Morling College (affiliated with the Australian College of Theology). He is author of At Home in a Strange Land: Using the Old Testament in Christian Ethics and On Being a Christian in the Academy: Nicholas Wolterstorff and the Practice of Christian Scholarship.
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November 14, 2011

Targums A Critical Introduction

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The value and significance of the targums--translations of the Hebrew Bible into Aramaic, the language of Palestinian Jews for centuries following the Babylonian Exile--lie in their approach to translation: within a typically literal rendering of a text, they incorporate extensive exegetical material, additions, and paraphrases. These alterations reveal important information about Second Temple Judaism, its interpretation of its bible, and its beliefs.


This remarkable survey introduces critical knowledge and insights that have emerged over the past forty years, including targum manuscripts discovered this century and targums known in Aramaic but only recently translated into English. Prolific scholars Flesher and Chilton guide readers in understanding the development of the targums, their relationship to the Hebrew Bible, their dates, their language, their place in the history of Christianity and Judaism, and their theologies and methods of interpretation.

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July 15, 2011

Theory & Practice of Biblical Hermeneutics

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How to gain the meaning and application of a text is paramount for anyone dealing with written documents, be they legal documents, sacred documents, personal letters, poetry, or any kind of literature. Though the genre of writings varies, each must be interpreted according to established rules that govern the conveyance of information within the human community. This is especially true in reference to the Bible, which claims to be the very words of God to humanity. The different authors of Scripture sought to communicate messages from the Creator to their audiences within the temporal and cultural setting in which they wrote, and did so through prophetic pronouncements, historical accounts, wonderful poetry, and personal and ecclesial letters. This volume celebrates the efforts of Dr. Elliott E. Johnson, who has spent the majority of his academic life teaching biblical interpretation within a framework heavily influenced by the hermeneutical model of E. D. Hirsch, Jr. Several students and friends of Dr. Johnson have written essays in The Theory & Practice of Biblical Hermeneutics to honor him for his fruitful work.
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October 6, 2015

THISELTON ON HERMENEUTICS COLLECTED WORK

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Anthony Thiselton's masterful work in the field of hermeneutics has impacted a host of students and scholars over the past few decades. Especially influential was his 1980 book The Two Horizons, a call to take seriously the contexts of both the reader and the text. Thiselton's work has continued to carry much weight, yet there has been no single place to go to access a helpful array of his writings -- until now. Thiselton on Hermeneutics provides expositions and critical discussions of hermeneutics as a multidisciplinary area. Biblical interpretation, philosophical hermeneutics, literary theory, and Christian theology genuinely interact in these forty-two studies to form a coherent whole. Thiselton's unique interactive and multidisciplinary approach shines through the volume. Ten of these essays, almost a quarter of the collection, have not been published before or are very recent. Theologians, biblical scholars, philosophers, and any other academics will appreciate the creative perspectives and insights of this pioneering scholar distilled here.
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October 1, 2006

TO EACH ITS OWN MEANING REVISED

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This volume introduces the reader to the most important methods of biblical criticism. It serves as an indispensable handbook for the work of students approaching biblical studies for the first time and for the professional interpreter of scripture who wants to understand the latest currents in biblical scholarship.

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July 1, 1999

Truth & Method

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Truth and Method is a landmark work of 20th century thought which established Hans Georg-Gadamer as one of the most important philosophical voices of the 20th Century. In this book, Gadamer established the field of 'philosophical hermeneutics': exploring the nature of knowledge, the book rejected traditional quasi-scientific approaches to establishing cultural meaning that were prevalent after the war. In arguing the 'truth' and 'method' acted in opposition to each other, Gadamer examined the ways in which historical and cultural circumstance fundamentally influenced human understanding. It was an approach that would become hugely influential in the humanities and social sciences and remains so to this day in the work of Jurgen Habermas and many others.

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June 27, 2013