Hermeneutics An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0802864104

ISBN-13: 9780802864109

Edition: 2009

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Here, Anthony Thiselton brings together his encyclopedic knowledge of hermeneutics and his nearly four decades of teaching on the subject to provide an ideal textbook which takes the reader through the time-honoured interpretation techniques of the past and on to modern times.
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List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/9/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 424
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Dr. Anthony C. Thiselton is professor of Christian theology at the University of Nottingham and Canon Theologian of Leicester Cathedral. His substantial volume on hermeneutics, The Two Horizons, received international acclaim as a standard resource for this growing subject area.

The Aims and Scope of Hermeneutics
Toward a Definition of Hermeneutics
What Should We Hope to Gain from a Study of Hermeneutics?
Differences between "Philosophical Hermeneutics" and More Traditional Philosophical Thought, and Their Relation to Explanation and Understanding
Preliminary and Provisional Understanding (Pre-understanding) and the Hermeneutical Circle
Recommended Initial Reading
Hermeneutics in the Contexts of Philosophy, Biblical Studies, Literary Theory, and the Social Self
Further Differences from More Traditional Philosophical Thought: Community and Tradition; Wisdom or Knowledge?
Approaches in Traditional Biblical Studies: The Rootedness of Texts Located in Time and Place
The Impact of Literary Theory on Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation: The New Criticism
The Impact of Literacy Theory: Reader-Response Theories
Wider Dimensions of Hermeneutics: Interest, Social Sciences, Critical Theory, Historical Reason, and Theology
Recommended Initial Reading
An Example of Hermeneutical Methods: The Parables of Jesus
The Definition of a Parable and Its Relation to Allegory
The Plots of Parables and Their Existential Interpretation
The Strictly Historical Approach: J�licher, Dodd, Jeremias
The Limits of the Historical Approach: A Retrospective View?
The Rhetorical Approach and Literary Criticism
Other Approaches: The New Hermeneutic, Narrative Worlds, Postmodernity, Reader Response, and Allegory
Recommended Initial Reading
A Legacy of Perennial Questions from the Ancient World: Judaism and the Ancient Greeks
The Christian Inheritance: The Hermeneutics of Rabbinic Judaism
The Literature of Greek-Speaking Judaism
Jewish Apocalyptic Literature around the Time of Christ
The Greek Roots of Interpretation: The Stoics
Recommended Initial Reading
The New Testament and the Second Century
The Old Testament as a Frame of Reference or Pre-understanding: Paul and the Gospels
Hebrews, 1 Peter, and Revelation: The Old Testament as Pre-understanding
Does the New Testament Employ Allegorical Interpretation or Typology?
Passages in Paul That Might Be "Difficult": Septuagint or Hebrew?
Old Testament Quotations in the Gospels, 1 Peter, and the Epistle to the Hebrews
Second-Century Interpretation and Hermeneutics
Recommended Initial Reading
From the Third to the Thirteenth Centuries
The Latin West: Hippolytus, Tertullian, Ambrose, Jerome
Alexandrian Traditions: Origen; with Athanasius, Didymus and Cyril
The Antiochene School: Diodore, Theodore, John Chrysostom, and Theodoret
The Bridge to the Middle Ages: Augustine and Gregory the Great
The Middle Ages: Nine Figures from Bede to Nicholas of Lyra
Recommended Initial Reading
Reform, the Enlightenment, and the Rise of Biblical Criticism
Reform: Wycliffe, Luther, Melanchthon
Further Reform: William Tyndale and John Calvin
Protestant Orthodoxy, Pietism, and the Enlightenment
The Rise of Biblical Criticism in the Eighteenth Century
Ten Leaders of Biblical Criticism in the Nineteenth Century
Recommended Initial Reading
Schleiermacher and Dilthey
Influences, Career, and Major Works
Schleiermacher's New Conception of Hermeneutics
Psychological and Grammatical Interpretation: The Comparative and the Divinatory; The Hermeneutical Circle
Further Themes and an Assessment of Schleiermacher
The Hermeneutics of Wilhelm Dilthey
Recommended Initial Reading
Rudolf Bultmann and Demythologizing the New Testament
Influences and Earlier Concerns
Bultmann's Notions of "Myth"
Existential Interpretation and Demythologizing: Specific Examples
Criticisms of Bultmann's Program as a Whole
The Subsequent Course of the Debate: Left-Wing and Right-Wing Critics
Recommended Initial Reading
Some Mid-Twentieth-Century Approaches: Barth, the New Hermeneutic, Structuralism, Post-Structuralism, and Barr's Semantics
Karl Barth's Earlier and Later Hermeneutics
The So-Called New Hermeneutic of Fuchs and Ebeling
Structuralism and Its Application to Biblical Studies
Post-Structuralism and Semantics as Applied to the Bible
Recommended Initial Reading
Hans-Georg Gadamer's Hermeneutics: The Second Turning Point
Background, Influences, and Early Life
Truth and Method Part I: Critique of "Method" and the "World" of Art and Play
Truth and Method Part II: Truth and Understanding in the Human Sciences
Truth and Method Part III: Ontological Hermeneutics and Language, with Assessments
Further Assessments of the Three Parts of Truth and Method
Recommended Initial Reading
The Hermeneutics of Paul Ricoeur
Background: Early Life, Influences, and Significance
The Middle Period: The Interpretation of Freud, The Conflict of Interpretations, and Metaphor
The Later Period: Time and Narrative
Oneself as Another: The Identity of the Self, "Otherness," and Narrative
Oneself as Another: Implications for Ethics; Other Later Works
Five Assessments: Text, Author's Intention, and Creativity
Recommended Initial Reading
The Hermeneutics of Liberation Theologies and Postcolonial Hermeneutics
Definition, Origins, Development, and Biblical Themes
Gustavo Guti�rrez and the Birth of Liberation Theology
The Second Stage: "Base Communities" and Jos� Porfirio Miranda in the 1970s
The Second Stage Continued: Juan Luis Segundo, J. Severino Croatto, Leonardo Boff, and Others
The Third Stage: Postcolonial Hermeneutics from the 1980s to the Present
A Further Assessment and Evaluation
Recommended Initial Reading
Feminist and Womanist Hermeneutics
The Public Visibility and Ministry of Women from Earliest Times
First- and Second-Wave Feminism and Feminist Hermeneutics
Elisabeth Sch�ssler Fiorenza's In Memory of Her: The Argument
Elisabeth Sch�ssler Fiorenza's In Memory of Her: An Evaluation
The Fragmentation of the Second Wave
Womanist Hermeneutics
A Provisional Assessment of Feminist Hermeneutics
Recommended Initial Reading
Reader-Response and Reception Theory
Reader-Response Theory: Its Origins and Diversity
An Evaluation and the Application of the Theory to Biblical Studies
Is Allegorical Interpretation a Subcategory of Reader-Response Theory? A Suggestion
The Recent Turn to Reception Theory and Hans Robert Jauss
Reception Theory and Specific Biblical Passages
Recommended Initial Reading
Postmodernism and Hermeneutics
Is Postmodernity Compatible with Christian Faith? Three Possible Answers
European Postmodernism: Jacques Derrida (with the later Barthes)
European Postmodernism: Jean-Fran�ois Lyotard (with Jean Baudrillard)
European Postmodernism: Michel Foucault; Knowledge and Power
American Postmodernism: Richard Rorty (with the Later Stanley Fish)
Recommended Initial Reading
Some Concluding Comments
Divine Agency and the Authority of Scripture
Advances in Linguistics and Pragmatics: Politeness Theory
Brevard Childs and the Canonical Approach
Fuller Meaning, Typology, and Allegorical Interpretation
Catholic Biblical Scholarship and the Two Great Turning Points
Selective Bibliography
Index of Names
Index of Subjects
Index of Scripture References and Other Ancient Sources
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