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Hermeneutics as a Theory of Understanding
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Hermeneutics as a Theory of Understanding


Eerdmans 2011

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Walk with Petr Pokorný in and around his beloved field of hermeneutics as he explores a number of basic issues in understanding—from language in general, to the interpretation of the Bible in particular. Pokorný first addresses the world of language, showing the importance of understanding language thoroughly in terms of its vocabulary, syntax, and pragmatics, while keeping a keen eye open for metaphor and myth. Next he focuses on text, examining its graphic character, its misuse, and its silence—or its inability to answer questions posed to it. The third stop on Pokorný’s tour—methods of interpretation—looks at translation, rhetorical criticism, and historical methodologies of interpretation. In the final segment of his hermeneutical journey, Pokorný examines the nature of interpretation itself, celebrating especially its capacity to bridge the gap—or even the abyss—that divides the world of the text and the lived world of the reader, creating a dialogue between the two that can overcome the silence of the written word.

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For more works on hermeneutics, check out the Eerdmans Biblical Interpretation Collection (13 vols.)

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About Petr Pokorný

Petr Pokorný (1934– ) is director of the Centre for Biblical Studies, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and Charles University, Prague. He is also coeditor of Jesus Research: An International Perspective.

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