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Hermeneutics as Apprenticeship: How the Bible Shapes Our Interpretive Habits and Practices

, 2016
ISBN: 9781493409822
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This book offers a fresh approach to the art of biblical interpretation, focusing on the ways Scripture itself forms its readers as wise and faithful interpreters. David Starling shows that apprenticing ourselves to the interpretive practices of the biblical writers and engaging closely with texts from all parts of the Bible help us to develop the habits and practices required to be good readers of Scripture. After introducing the principles, Starling works through the canon, providing inductive case studies in interpretive method and drawing out implications for contemporary readers. Offering a fresh contribution to hermeneutical discussions, this book will be an ideal supplement to traditional hermeneutics textbooks for seminarians. It includes a foreword by Peter O’Brien.

Key Features

  • Explores the process of learning biblical interpretation
  • Provides specific biblical examples of how theological themes relate to hermeneutics
  • Examines the interpretive practices of the biblical authors


  • Foreword by Peter T. O’Brien
  • Introduction
  • “Who Meditates on His Law”: The Psalter and the Hermeneutics of Delight
  • “In Your Mouth and in Your Heart”: Deuteronomy and the Hermeneutics of Law
  • “This Kindness”: Ruth and the Hermeneutics of Virtue
  • “To Fulfill the Word of the LORD”: 1-2 Chronicles and the Hermeneutics of History
  • “The Word of the LORD Came”: Zechariah and the Hermeneutics of Prophecy
  • “Everything I Have Commanded You”: Matthew and the Hermeneutics of Obedience
  • “Fulfilled in Your Hearing”: Luke and the Hermeneutics of the Gospel
  • “That You May Believe”: John and the Hermeneutics of Truth
  • “Beyond What Is Written”? 1 Corinthians and the Hermeneutics of Theology
  • “Taken Figuratively”: Galatians and the Hermeneutics of Allegory
  • “Today, If You Hear His Voice”: Hebrews and the Hermeneutics of Exhortation
  • “She Who Is in Babylon” 1 Peter and the Hermeneutics of Empire
  • “Take It and Eat”: Revelation and the Hermeneutics of Apocalyptic

Praise for the Print Edition

Hermeneutics as Apprenticeship is a refreshing and important call to think of biblical interpretation not in terms of mastering the text but of learning the craft of interpretation from the biblical authors themselves. Such apprenticeship is ultimately less methodological mastery than spiritual formation. While other books attend to the history of Scripture’s reception in church history, Starling focuses on the way the biblical authors themselves received earlier texts and composed Scripture by means of inner-biblical interpretation. In an age of pervasive interpretive pluralism, where no single interpretive practice stands out as authoritative, Starling's case for contemporary interpreters to become apprentices to the biblical authors who know how to read the Bible, and themselves, in the light of Christ is a suggestion as timely as it is welcome."

Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Research Professor of Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Among Protestant interpreters, it is axiomatic that the best interpreter of Scripture is Scripture itself. David Starling develops this proverb in a provocative, fertile direction—urging, first, that we attend to how Scripture itself has already interpreted Scripture and, second, that we learn from the patterns and habits of theological interpretation we find in Scripture. Working with texts from the Old and New Testaments, he insightfully demonstrates how our interpretive practices might be shaped through these exercises in practical wisdom.

Joel B. Green, dean of the School of Theology, professor of New Testament interpretation, and associate dean for the Center for Advanced Theological Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary; author of Practicing Theological Interpretation: Engaging Biblical Texts for Faith and Formation

David Starling’s Hermeneutics as Apprenticeship contributes usefully to the genre ‘how to read the Bible’ by focusing on the Bible’s method of appropriating and applying its own teaching. It brings home in practical ways some of the more theoretical attention given recently to intertextuality and canonical studies. With commendable balance, the author shows how contemporary discussions of themes such as gospel and empire can help Christians read and apply their Bibles more accurately and faithfully.

Douglas J. Moo, Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies, Wheaton College

Hermeneutics as Apprenticeship serves up a series of hermeneutical vignettes that reflect the array of Scripture. So the book is a rich menu of observations about the different kinds of material we meet in Scripture. It is a study that will lead you to reflect on how to read Scripture both better and well.

Darrell L. Bock, senior research professor of New Testament studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

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David I. Starling (PhD, University of Sydney) is senior lecturer in New Testament and theology and head of the Bible and Theology Department at Morling College in New South Wales, Australia. He is the author or editor of several books, including UnCorinthian Leadership: Thematic Reflections on 1 Corinthians as well as forthcoming commentaries on 1 Corinthians and Ephesians and Colossians. Starling is also the New Testament book review editor for Themelios.

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