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Introducing Biblical Hermeneutics: A Comprehensive Framework for Hearing God in Scripture

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In Introducing Biblical Hermeneutics, renowned scholar Craig Bartholomew integrates the latest research in theology, philosophy, and biblical studies. This substantive hermeneutics textbook is robustly theological in its approach, takes philosophical hermeneutics seriously, focuses on the process of interpreting Scripture, and argues that biblical interpretation should be centered in the service of the church.

For more on this topic, check out Anthony Thiselton’s distinguished Hermeneutics: An Introduction.

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Key Features

  • Integrates theology, philosophy, and biblical studies
  • Focuses on biblical interpretation
  • Examines the process of interpreting Scripture


  • Biblical Interpretation Coram Deo
  • Listening and Biblical Interpretation
  • The Story of Our World
  • The Development of Biblical Theology
  • The Traditions within Which We Read
  • Early and Medieval Jewish Biblical Interpretation
  • Renaissance, Reformation, and Modernity
  • Canon
  • Philosophy and Hermeneutics
  • History
  • Literature
  • Theology
  • Scripture and the University: The Ecology of Christian Scholarship
  • The “Epistle” to the Hebrews: But We Do See Jesus
  • Preaching the Bible for All It's Worth: The Resurrection of the Sermon and the Incarnation of the Christ

Top Highlights

“3. A trinitarian hermeneutic views ecclesial reception of Scripture as primary” (Page 9)

“A trinitarian hermeneutic does not close down but opens up interpretation of the Bible” (Page 13)

“There is much darkness in our world, and Jesus, John tells us, is the light of the world. He dispels the darkness, brings healing, and helps our world find its way toward the goal of rest that God has in mind for it. It is in the Bible that we find the authoritative witness to Jesus. Indeed, the great joy of the Spirit is to use Scripture to open us up to the reality of the Lord Christ. If, as I like to think of it, Scripture is that field in which is hid the pearl of great price, then healthy biblical interpretation that keeps on excavating this pearl is vital not just for the life of the church but also for the life of the world. Thus, there is indeed much at stake in biblical interpretation.” (Page 5)

“Knowing what truth is and deciding about truth, so this Gospel suggests, finally depend on becoming adequately acquainted with this person.’12 However, Jesus is not the truth all by himself but by virtue of his unique relationship with the Father (John 5:30) who sent him into the world and by his unique relationship with the Spirit whom he sends into the world (16:13–14).” (Page 7)

“A distinctive of this volume is its insistence that theology and philosophy cannot be bracketed out of biblical interpretation. As I hope to show, such bracketing simply leaves unnamed theologies and philosophies to shape one’s scholarship unconsciously.” (Pages 11–12)

Praise for the Print Edition

Bartholomew has provided an exhaustive history of interpretation and philosophical hermeneutics in the key of narrative theology, with forays into trinitarian exegesis and lectio divina. The result is a smorgasbord of evangelical learning in the service of hearing God’s word in our day. A lifetime of wide reading and reflection has gone into this project.

Christopher Seitz, senior research professor of biblical interpretation, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto

Reading this book is like feasting on a banquet of many courses. With consummate skill Bartholomew weaves together theology, philosophy, history, and exegesis, demonstrating convincingly that biblical interpretation attains its end only when Scripture is heard in faith as God’s address. This book will undoubtedly be a landmark in hermeneutics for many years to come.

Mary Healy, associate professor of Sacred Scripture, Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Craig G. Bartholomew is the Director of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics, Cambridge. He is the author of numerous influential books on the Old Testament and hermeneutics, including Introducing Biblical HermeneuticsOld Testament Wisdom Literature and the volume on Ecclesiastes in the Baker Commentary series on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms.

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