- In Greek = ‘interpretation’: hence, the understanding of biblical texts, including their historical context. The word is also used in a wider sense, to mean the interpretation of a text and its application to the reader after the historical examination has been done; the work of discerning how a NT text written in the cultural context of the 1st cent. CE can be understood in a modern cultural context. It is a movement from ‘what it meant’ then to ‘what it means’, taking into account empirical evidence of today. For some NT scholars this has involved detaching the essential message of the gospel from the mythological frame in which it has been enclosed. Bultmann's [[➝ Bultmann, Rudolf]] hermeneutical vehicle for the reinterpretation has been that of the modern philosophy of existentialism.Although the term ‘hermeneutics’ originated in the 17th cent., it is held that it began in the NT itself, when Paul used contemporary Jewish methods of interpreting the OT for preaching the significance of Jesus. In subsequent ages, allegorical and typological methods were practised. At the Reformation the doctrine of Justification [[➝ justification]] by Faith was adopted as a canon of interpretation. But only a literal sense of the text was regarded as legitimate by Calvin, who feared that faithful interpretation could otherwise be distorted by merely human values. The history of interpretation is one of the resources at the disposal of modern communicators.
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Hermeneutics — Gadamer and Ricoeur G.B.Madison THE HISTORICAL BACKGROUND: ROMANTIC HERMENEUTICS Although the term ‘hermeneutics’ (hermeneutica) is, in its current usage, of early modern origin,1 the practice it refers to is as old as western civilization itself … History of philosophy
Hermeneutics — • Derived from a Greek word connected with the name of the god Hermes, the reputed messenger and interpreter of the gods Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Hermeneutics Hermeneutics … Catholic encyclopedia
hermeneutics — Hermeneutics is the art and science of interpreting the Bible. The Protestant emphasis on biblical authority made hermeneutics an essential task for church leaders. The dominant Christian hermeneutics of the Middle Ages, developed by Origen … Encyclopedia of Protestantism
Hermeneutics — Hermeneutics is (1) the theory of interpretation, a systematic articulation of the principles that underlie the interpretation of texts, (2) an approach to philosophy that begins with issues of interpretation. The history of hermeneutics has… … Christian Philosophy
HERMENEUTICS — HERMENEUTICS, the science of biblical interpretation. The rabbis saw the Pentateuch as a unified, divinely communicated text, consistent in all its parts. It was consequently possible to uncover deeper meanings and to provide for a fuller… … Encyclopedia of Judaism
Hermeneutics — Her me*neu tics, n. [Gr. ? (sc. ?).] The science of interpretation and explanation; exegesis; esp., that branch of theology which defines the laws whereby the meaning of the Scriptures is to be ascertained. Schaff Herzog Encyc. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
hermeneutics — 1737, from HERMENEUTIC (Cf. hermeneutic); also see ICS (Cf. ics) … Etymology dictionary
hermeneutics — [n] the science of searching for hidden meaning in texts exegetics, exploration, interpretation, investigation, literary criticism, psychoanalytic criticism, revealing, unmasking; concept 349 … New thesaurus
hermeneutics — [hʉr΄mə no͞ot′iks, hʉr΄mə nyo͞ot′iks] n. [< HERMENEUTIC] the art or science of interpretation, as of literary or religious texts … English World dictionary
Hermeneutics — In religious studies and social philosophy, hermeneutics (English pronunciation: /hɜrməˈn(j)uːtɨks/) is the study of the theory and practice of interpretation. Traditional hermeneutics which includes Biblical hermeneutics refers to the study of… … Wikipedia
hermeneutics — /herr meuh nooh tiks, nyooh /, n. (used with a sing. v.) 1. the science of interpretation, esp. of the Scriptures. 2. the branch of theology that deals with the principles of Biblical exegesis. [1730 40; see HERMENEUTIC, ICS] * * * Study of the… … Universalium