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Hermeneutics of Doctrine
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2007 / Hardcover
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Drawing on the resources of contemporary hermeneutical theory, Anthony Thiselton in this volume masterfully recovers the formative and transformative power of Christian doctrine.The past thirty-five years have witnessed major steps forward in the use of hermeneutics in biblical studies, but never before has hermeneutics made a comparable impact on the formulation of doctrine and our engagement with it. Indeed, no other book explores the interface between hermeneutics and Christian doctrine in the same in-depth way that this one does. Throughout the book Thiselton shows how perspectives that arise from hermeneutics shed fresh light on theological method, reshape horizons of understanding, and reveal the relevance of doctrine for formation and for life.
Arguably one of the leading authorities worldwide on biblical and philosophical hermeneutics, Thiselton has written widely acclaimed works in the areas of biblical studies and philosophical theology. His probing interaction with numerous other great thinkers such as Gadamer, Ricoeur, Lindbeck, Balthasar, Vanhoozer, Pannenberg, etc, and his original perspectives will make this volume a valuable resource for scholars and advanced students.
Anthony C. Thiselton is professor of Christian theology at the University of Nottingham.
Anthony Thiselton is undoubtedly one of the most sophisticated and creative minds in the whole of the Anglican Communion today, equally respected as a biblical scholar and as an expert guide to theories of interpretation. In this magisterial work he brings his two areas of expertise together more extensively than ever before in a great systematic essay on the central importance of doctrine and its roots in the practice of intelligent reading of Scripture. The Hermeneutics of Doctrine is by any standard a major work, deeply necessary in a climate where confusion and indifference about doctrine too often prevail. -Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
This is a patient, profound, searching, and intellectually honest book, much like its author. As a scholar steeped in hermeneutical theory, Thiselton here turns his attention to Christian doctrine, which so often is marginalized as mere theory. He draws compellingly on Gadamer: Hermeneutics is above all a practice. . . . In it what one has to exercise above all is the ear. . . . Hermeneutical reflection, Thiselton reminds us, is formative. This in turn involves transformation because it involves keeping oneself open to what is the other. In a sustained argument, Thiselton here explores what the otherness of the doctrinal subject matter demands as a horizon within which its claims will be heard without distortion. -Iain Torrance, Princeton Theological Seminary
All the adjectives have already been used up in praise of Tony Thiseltons previous volumes: magisterial, comprehensive, mind-blowing, worldview-changing, challenging yet comprehensible, massively learned and massively relevant, deeply faithful to the Christian tradition yet deeply refreshing in seeing everything from new angles. This new book is vintage Thiselton. -N. T. Wright, Bishop of Durham
The Hermeneutics of Doctrine provides us with a rich harvest of a lifetime of careful and creative work in hermeneutics, here summarized and applied to major areas of doctrine. Thiseltons work is thorough yet creative, and it will be especially accessible to pastors and theological students. -William Dyrness, Fuller Theological Seminary
This is vintage Thiselton. His extensive reading and scholarly interactions, which have already made fresh sense for many of the nature of hermeneutics and biblical study, are here applied to Christian doctrine. Those who wish to understand the nature of Christian doctrine in contemporary discussion, so that they can live more faithfully, will find a wonderful resource here. -Walter Moberly, University of Durham
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