The theory and practice of interpretation is called hermeneutics. Yarbrough describes the crisis in which hermeneutics finds itself, and considers the drawing of the battle lines that characterizes this crisis, in order to support a proper critical engagement. Finally, he wants to give a practical rationale for such critical engagement.
Thomas writes in the context of what he perceived to be a new movement toward change in understanding the exegetical and hermeneutical task. He notes a confusion and proposes to indicate a number of reasons for this confusion. He indicates new and conflicting definitions of what hermeneutics is and point out the roots of the new subjectivism and relativism.
The main purpose of this essay is to identify and indicate a number of negative elements in the hermeneutics of Latin American theologies of liberation. Latin American liberation theologies are not unified in approach; however, they share some general hermeneutical principles.
This essay wants to examine Leland Ryken's work in the context of recent literary approaches to hermeneutics. The author surveys Ryken's methodology together with two other literary critics, Amos Wilder and Northrop Frye. They approach the biblical text with similar assumptions about its literary nature.
In this essay, the author wants to demonstrate that the crucial role of hermeneutics is not to be denied when passages are considered in reflecting on women in office. However, the author argues that the current discussion appears to be vexed frequently by an assumed but perhaps faulty exegesis of the relevant biblical texts. He uses as an illustration of this point 1 Timothy 2:8-15.
How does the Bible function in Christian ethics? The essay surveys a number of different theories and approaches and tries to indicate what it means to take seriously the whole testimony of the Bible and matters of hermeneutics. Porter explores the possible use of Wittgenstein's "classes of utterances" for a better understanding of the use of Scripture in ethics.
This paper wants to consider possible relations between eschatology and hermeneutics. Cornman focuses on third-century developments through the contributions of theologians like Origen and Hippolitus. The paper demonstrates how cultural, geographical, and philosophical developments influenced and led these theologians to their specific views. The differences between these two are examined.
tag: Eschatology - hermeneutics
The work of Friedrich Schleiermacher, Wilhelm Dilthey, and Hans-Georg Gadamer introduced elements of subjectivity and relativism into the discussion of the theory of interpretation (hermeneutics). This essay wants to describe and comment on some of these issues of hermeneutics that need some honest confrontation.
This paper contends that the determining factor in approaching and resolving questions pertaining to the role of women in the church is hermeneutics. Passages that deal with this topic are identified: 1 Timothy 2:8-15, 1 Corinthians 11:2-16, 1 Corinthians 14:34-36, Ephesians 5:22-33, Colossians 3:18-19, and 1 Peter 3:1-7.
Chapter 1 articulates a short doctrine of Scripture. The author believes that it is doubtful whether a coherent understanding of the nature of Scripture can be sustained where there is not at the same time a grasp of the message of the Bible. It is important to know the God who stands behind the Bible. In the second part of the essay Carson explores the changing face of hermeneutics, and how to interpret the Bible.
Hermeneutics should not be divorced from the study of language in general. The Bible is written in human language by men who used the language conventions of the day. This essay focuses on the way in which figures of speech and figurative language function in texts. The author notes similes, metaphors, allegory, metonymy, irony, and so on.
Silva's primary purpose in this essay is to focus on the question of how and why the apostle Paul brings these specific Old Testament quotations together as he does in Galatians 3:6-14. In the process he presents an exegesis of the passage and reflects upon the hermeneutics involved in the New Testament's use of the Old.
This article looks at the Westminster Confession on the topics of the divine originality of scripture, the historical reliability of scripture and the harmony of scripture. The author contrasts this with the claim of modern scholarship of the human origin of scripture, and the denial of the historical reliability and harmony of scripture. The author applies this to doing hermeneutics, and calls for use of the Westminster Confession as a guide in dealing with these issues.
This article looks at the theory of deconstructionism and its emphasis on subjectivism (the meaning rests with the reader) and the theory of authorial intention and its emphasis on objectivism (the meaning rests with the intentions of the author). The author disusses the impact these two theories have on hermeneutics, and proposes an alternative.
One aspect of hermeneutics which has provided no lack of scholarly discussion is the question of the interpretation and use of the Old Testament scriptures with regard to New Testament doctrine and practice. Discussion of this topic must consider the way in which the New Testament authors understood and applied the Old Testament.