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If you're trying to really get a grasp on the failures of hermeneutics throughout the ages of the Christian Church, and you want specific examples of each error, this is an excellent resource. Dr ... Read full review
This magisterial work has for many years been one of the best surveys of the history of biblical interpretation. To say, however, that Farrar presents the material in a completely fair and straight-forward manner is somewhat of a stretch. It is obvious to the casual reader that the heroes of the massive tome are the likes of Luther, Calvin, etc., while early (primarily the Alexandrian) and medieval exegesis is severely chided by Farrar. Much worse is his treatment of medieval rabbinic/Jewish exegesis where his disdain for their employed approaches to interpretation is hardly concealable. Farrar's work is, nonetheless, a classic. Farrar is no boring writer (speaker), being both eloquent and astute. The enduring popularity and use of this work is only a testament to its enduring value. While updated works like Reventlow's work, or even the enormous two-volume work edited by M. Saebo, will be more recent and scholarly, all of these works still are indebted to this work by Farrar.