Why Hermeneutics? (Hardcover)

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In this little volume, Anthony Thiselton makes an impassioned appeal for closer attention to the philosophy of hermeneutics. Emilio Betti provocatively observes that hermeneutics ought to constitute an obligatory course for most degrees in the humanities. Hermeneutics, he insists, teaches patience, tolerance, respect for other views, understanding, and humility, while holding one's own views with firmness and generosity. Yet many teaching institutions do not yet recognize this. With this in mind, Thiselton first considers and responds to those who argue that hermeneutics is not necessary. Then he considers anew more sophisticated thinkers on the subject. Types of texts and hermeneutical models, he argues, are almost infinite, a fact many biblical scholars do not recognize. In the field of biblical hermeneutics, too many view the Bible as one thing, or as a monochrome landscape--it is not. The culmination of Thiselton's case consists in a sustained reflection on the impressive work of Paul Ricoeur, selecting thirteen points of genuine advance his work makes. With a glossary of fifty technical terms this is a volume that will prove helpful to student and scholar alike.

About the Author

Anthony Thiselton is Emeritus Professor of Christian Theology in the University of Nottingham and the University of Chester. He is also Emeritus Canon Theologian of Leicester, and of Southwell and Nottingham, and a Fellow of the British Academy. He has published over thirty books, including The Two Horizons (1980), New Horizons in Hermeneutics (1992), and Thiselton on Hermeneutics (2006).
Product Details
ISBN: 9781532664366
ISBN-10: 1532664362
Publisher: Cascade Books
Publication Date: November 11th, 2019
Pages: 142
Language: English