A Short Introduction to HermeneuticsA Short Introduction to Hermeneutics
David Jasper
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An outstanding introduction to biblical interpretation, from the patristic period to the present day. Clear, accessible, and authoritative, Jasper's survey examines philosophical issues underlying the development of textual interpretation, as well as providing a theoretical framework for understanding hermeneutics in different faith traditions. Includes questions for reflection and discussion. 160 pages, softcover from Westminster John Knox.
     

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Preface

Introduction

Recommended Reading

CHAPTER ONE

Texts and Readers: Reading and Writing
1. Introduction
2. Faith and Suspicion, Texts and Readers
3. Reading and Writing
4. The Hermeneutic Circle
Summary
Activities and Questions

CHAPTER TWO

Midrash, the Bible, and the Early Church
1. Midrash and Rabbinic Interpretation
2. Hermeneutics in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament
3. The Establishment of the Christian Canon and the Argument from Tradition
4. The School of Alexandria and the School of Antioch
5. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo (354-430)
Summary
Activities and Questions

CHAPTER THREE

From Scholasticism to the Age of Enlightenment
1. Medieval Hermeneutics: Thomas Aquinas (ca. 1225-74)
2. Two Medieval Minds: Meister Eckhart and Thomas Kempis
3. Christian Humanism: Desiderius Erasmus (1466/9-1536)
4. Martin Luther (1483-1536) and John Calvin (1509-64)
5. The Age of Reason
Summary
Activities and Questions
CHAPTER FOUR

Friedrich Schleiermacher and the Age of Romanticism
1. The Bible and History
2. Johann Salomo Semler (1725-91) and the Canon of Scripture
3. Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) and the Romantic Spirit
4. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Confessions of an Inquiring Spirit, 1840
5. Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768-1834) and the Handwritten Manuscripts
Summary
Activities and Questions

CHAPTER FIVE

The Nineteenth Century
1. The Critical Spirit and the Will to Believe
2. David Friedrich Strauss, Das Leben Jesu (1835-36)
3. The Quest for the Historical Jesus
4. Wilhelm Dilthey (1833-1911)
5. Science and Religion
Summary
Activities and Questions

CHAPTER SIX

The Twentieth Century
1. Introduction
2. Karl Barth (1886-1968) and Rudolf Bultmann (1884-1976)
3. Martin Heidegger (1889-1976)
4. Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900-2002)
5. Paul Ricoeur (1913- )
6. Toward the Postmodern: Jacques Derrida (1930- )
Summary
Activities and Questions

CHAPTER SEVEN

Varieties of Postmodern Hermeneutics
1. The Bible as Literature/the Bible in Literature
2. Liberation and Responsibility
3. Politics and Postcolonialism
4. From Intertextuality to Film, Art, and the Body
Summary
Activities and Questions

Conclusion

The Sacred Text and the Future of Writing
Final Questions

Bibliography

Index of Names and Titles of Works

Index of Subjects