A Short Introduction to Hermeneutics

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Westminster John Knox Press, 2004 - Religion - 148 pages
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Hermeneutics defines the rules used to search out the meaning of Scripture. Throughout church history, interpreters have approached biblical interpretation in different ways, using different tools and methods. This book conveniently and accessibly surveys major biblical interpreters and approaches to hermeneutics from the patristic period to the present days. It provides a theoretical basis for understanding the processes of hermeneutics in different faith traditions.

 

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Contents

Texts and Readers Reading and Writing
7
2 Faith and Suspicion Texts and Readers
8
3 Reading and Writing
16
4 The Hermeneutic Circle
20
Summary
23
Midrash the Bible and the Early Church
25
2 Hermeneutics in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament
28
3 The Establishment of the Christian Canon and the Argument from Tradition
34
The Nineteenth Century
89
2 David Friedrich Strauss Das Leben Jesu 1835
91
3 The Quest for the Historical Jesus
92
4 Wilhelm Dilthey 18331911
95
5 Science and Religion
97
Activities and Questions
98
The Twentieth Century
99
2 Karl Barth 18861968 and Rudolf Bultmann 18841976
100

4 The School of Alexandria and the School of Antioch
36
5 Augustine Bishop of Hippo 354430
39
Summary
43
Activities and Questions
44
From Scholasticism to the Age of Enlightenment
45
Meister Eckhart and Thomas ā Kempis
48
Desiderius Erasmus 146691536
52
4 Martin Luther 14831536 and John Calvin 150964
56
5 The Age of Reason
62
Summary
65
Activities and Questions
66
Friedrich Schleiermacher and the Age of Romanticism
69
2 Johann Salomo Sender 172591 and the Canon of Scripture
74
3 Immanuel Kant 17241804 and the Romantic Spirit
77
4 Samuel Taylor Coleridge Confessions of an Inquiring Spirit 1840
81
5 Friedrich Schleiermacher 17681834 and the Handwritten Manuscripts
83
Summary
86
3 Martin Heidegger 18891976
104
4 HansGeorg Gadamer 19002002
106
5 Paul Ricoeur 1913
108
Jacques Derrida 1930
111
Summary
117
Varieties of Postmodern Hermeneutics
119
1 The Bible as Literaturethe Bible in Literature
120
2 Liberation and Responsibility
122
3 Politics and Postcolonialism
124
4 From Intertextuality to Film Art and the Body
125
Summary
130
The Sacred Text and the Future of Writing
133
Final Questions
136
Bibliography
139
Index of Names and Titles of Works
142
Index of Subjects
146
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David Jasper is Professor in Literature and Theology at the University of Glasgow.

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