An outstanding introduction to biblical interpretation, from the patristic period to the present day. Clear, accessible, and authoritative, Jasper's survey examines philosophical issues underlying the development of textual interpretation, as well as providing a theoretical framework for understanding hermeneutics in different faith traditions. Includes questions for reflection and discussion. 160 pages, softcover from Westminster John Knox.
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Review 1 for A Short Introduction to Hermeneutics
Date:June 29, 2012
This book gives a great overview of the history of hermeneutics.
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Review 2 for A Short Introduction to Hermeneutics
This book has serious shortcomings.
Date:March 2, 2011
Location:Long Island, NY
The book was disappointing in that the author takes for granted the opinions of standard secular scholars regarding the composition of the New Testament. As a specific example, he buys into the poorly supported speculation that the author of Matthew had access to and utilized Mark's gospel account and the remainder of that whole line of thought which denies the early church's historiography (e.g. Matthew was prior to and independent of Mark) in favor of Western modernist (17th century and later) speculations. For Orthodox Christians this sharply reduces the value of his work.