Combining study of the three "worlds" of biblical interpretation---backgrounds, literary structures, and contemporary presuppositions, Tate helps seminarians create an integrated hermeneutical strategy. Succinct summaries of methodologies; descriptions of recent hermeneutical developments; clear biblical examples; definitions of key terms; thought-provoking study questions; and an updated bibliography make this an ideal classroom text.
This comprehensive exploration of the interpretive process, now available in paperback, has served as a successful textbook. It focuses on the three "worlds" of biblical interpretation--the world of the author, the world of the text, and the world of the reader--to help students develop an integrated hermeneutical strategy. The book offers clear explanations of interpretive approaches, which are supported by helpful biblical examples, and succinct synopses of various interpretive methods. Pedagogical aids include end-of-chapter review and study sections with key terms, study questions, and suggestions for further reading.
W. Randolph Tate (PhD, Florida State University) is professor emeritus of humanities at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, where he taught for twenty-seven years. He is the author of several books, including Handbook for Biblical Interpretation.