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Hermeneutics: An Introduction

Format: Digital
, 2009
ISBN: 9780802864109


Anthony C. Thiselton here brings together his encyclopedic knowledge of hermeneutics and his nearly four decades of teaching on the subject to provide a splendid interdisciplinary textbook. After a thorough historical overview of hermeneutics, Thiselton moves into modern times with extensive analysis of scholarship from the mid-twentieth century, including liberation and feminist theologies, reader-response and reception theory, and postmodernism. No other text on hermeneutics covers the range of writers and subjects discussed in Thiselton’s Hermeneutics.

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Key Features

  • Surveys the history of biblical hermeneutics
  • Analyzes the development of hermeneutics in the twentieth century
  • Evaluates the contributions of feminist, liberation, and postmodern theology to hermeneutics


  • The Aims and Scope of Hermeneutics
  • Hermeneutics in the Context of Philosophy, Biblical Studies, Literary Theory, and the Social Self
  • An Example of Hermeneutical Methods: The Parables of Jesus
  • A Legacy of Perennial Questions from the Ancient World: Judaism and the Ancient Greeks
  • The New Testament and the Second Century
  • From the Third to the Thirteenth Centuries
  • Reform, the Enlightenment, and the Rise of Biblical Criticism
  • Schleiermacher and Dilthey
  • Rudolf Bultmann and Demythologizing the New Testament
  • Some Mid-Twentieth-Century Approaches: Barth, the New Hermeneutics, Structuralism, Post-Structuralism, and Barr’s Semantics
  • Hans-George Gadamer’s Hermeneutics: The Second Turning Point
  • The Hermeneutics of Paul Ricoeur
  • The Hermeneutics of Liberation Theologies and Postcolonial Hermeneutics
  • Feminist and Womanist Hermeneutics
  • Reader-Response and Reception Theory
  • Postmodernism and Hermeneutics
  • Some Concluding Comments

Praise for the Print Edition

Hermeneutics, although now recognized to be indispensable to biblical and theological study, has hitherto lacked an introductory textbook that is simultaneously lucid, comprehensive, and authoritative. This, at last, is it.

—Walter Moberly, professor of theology and religion, Durham University

This is that rare book that is simply a pleasure to read. An ideal textbook, it is provocative, wise, astonishingly informed, and scrupulously evenhanded in its handling of material. Elephants may swim here and children may safely paddle. It is truly Tony Thiselton’s legacy and the uncluttered distillation of a lifetime’s study of hermeneutics. I cannot praise this book sufficiently highly.

Iain Torrance, president, Princeton Theological Seminary

  • Title: Hermeneutics: An Introduction
  • Author: Anthony C. Thiselton
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Print Publication Date: 2009
  • Logos Release Date: 2016
  • Pages: 423
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital > Logos Edition
  • Subject: Bible > Hermeneutics
  • ISBN: 9780802864109
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2019-10-03T22:35:51Z

About Anthony C. Thiselton

Anthony C. Thiselton is professor emeritus of Christian theology at the University of Nottingham, England. He is also the author of 1 Corinthians: A Shorter Exegetical and Pastoral Commentary, The Holy Spirit—In Biblical Teaching, through the Centuries, and Today, and The Living Paul: An Introduction to the Apostle’s Life and Thought.

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