Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics : The Search for Meaning

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-11-01
  • Publisher: Zondervan

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Since its publication in 1994, An Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics has become a standard text for a generation of students, pastors, and serious lay readers. This second edition has been substantially updated and expanded, allowing the authors to fine-tune and enrich their discussions on fundamental interpretive topics. In addition, four new chapters have been included that address more recent controversial issues:Ò The role of biblical theology in interpretationÒ How to deal with contemporary questions not directly addressed in the BibleÒ The New TestamentÆs use of the Old TestamentÒ The role of history in interpretationThe book retains the unique aspect of being written by two scholars who hold differing viewpoints on many issues, making for vibrant, thought-provoking dialogue. What they do agree on, however, is the authority of Scripture, the relevance of personal Bible study to life, and why these things matter.

Author Biography

Walter C. Kaiser Jr. (PhD, Brandeis University) is the Colman M. Mockler distinguished professor of Old Testament and president emeritus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachussetts Moises Silva (PhD, University of Manchester) has taught biblical studies at Westmont College, Westminster Theological Seminary, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Table of Contents

Preface to the First Editionp. 9
Preface to the Second Editionp. 12
Abbreviationsp. 14
The Search for Meaning: Initial Directions
Who Needs Hermeneutics Anyway?p. 17
The Meaning of Meaningp. 29
Let's Be Logical: Using and Abusing Languagep. 49
How Do the Parts Fit the Whole? The Tool of Biblical Theologyp. 67
Must We Go "Beyond" the Bible? The Theological Use of the Biblep. 83
Does the New Testament Accurately Use the Old Testament?p. 95
Why Get Entangled with Historical Interpretation? The Role of Historyp. 107
Understanding the Text: Meaning in Literary Genres
"I Will Remember the Deeds of the Lord": The Meaning of Narrativep. 123
"My Heart Is Stirred by a Noble Theme": The Meaning of Poetry and Wisdomp. 139
"But These Are Written That You May Believe": The Meaning of the Gospelsp. 157
How to Read a Letter: The Meaning of the Epistlesp. 173
What about the Future? The Meaning of Prophecyp. 191
Responding to the Text: Meaning and Application
"As the Deer Pants for Streams of Water": The Devotional Use of the Biblep. 213
Obeying the Word: The Cultural Use of the Biblep. 223
Putting It All Together: The Theological Use of the Biblep. 241
The Search for Meaning: Further Challenges
A Short History of Interpretationp. 257
Contemporary Approaches to Biblical Interpretationp. 275
The Case for Calvinistic Hermeneuticsp. 295
Concluding Observationsp. 321
Glossaryp. 333
Annotated Bibliographyp. 337
Scripture Indexp. 339
Name Indexp. 345
Subject Indexp. 347
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