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Disciplining Hermeneutics
Interpretation in Christian Perspective
POD; Published: 6/10/1997
ISBN: 978-0-8028-0858-5
Price: $ 21.50
185 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
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The question of interpretation is as old as language itself. In today's postmodern context, however, the task of hermeneutics has become frustratingly complex. This timely collection of essays by ten leading scholars explores the diversity of contemporary Christian hermeneutical theory and practice.

The format of the book consists of a major essay and a response in each of four specific disciplines — philosophy, English, sociology, and theology — leading to differences in definition and practice, but with the common framework of a Christian perspective. Nicholas Wolterstorff asks, How does one balance the humanity of the biblical authors with the understanding that the Bible is the Word of God? Donald Marshall asks the fundamental question, Can truth come to us through an interpretation? David Lyon explores how developments in biblical hermeneutics have led to the relativism and cynicism of contemporary theories of interpretation. Kevin J. Vanhoozer questions postmodern theory in general and deconstruction in particular. Those who respond to these four authors find some agreement but also some disagreement with their positions. In their insightful handling of the most challenging contemporary issues and literature on interpretive theory, the authors seek to negotiate the narrow straits between absolute certainty and interpretive license. And as they chart the turbulent waters of the post-modern world, they serve as savvy guides to assist us in our difficult passage to the truth.

Ellen T. Charry
Willie James Jennings
Roger Lundin
David Lyon
Donald Marshall
I. Howard Marshall
Kevin J. Vanhoozer
Merold Westphal
Dallas Willard
Nicholas Wolterstorff
Anglican Theological Review
"While cognizant and basically accepting of the challenges of the contemporary conflict of interpretations, the essays are valuable in offering the church a more optimistic outlook than is usual in navigating through the postmodern hermeneutical sense."
Religious Studies Review
"Excellent, balanced introduction. . . Recommended to universities and seminaries for its intrepid presentation of a sometimes volatile and vexing topic."