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Biblical Interpretation and Philosophical Hermeneutics

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  • Date Published: September 2012
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107683402

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  • This book applies philosophical hermeneutics to biblical studies. Whereas traditional studies of the Bible limit their analysis to the exploration of the texts' original historical sense, this book discusses how to move beyond these issues to a consideration of biblical texts' existential significance for the present. In response to the rejection of biblical significance in the late nineteenth century and the accompanying crisis of nihilism, B. H. McLean argues that the philosophical thought of Heidegger, Bultmann, Gadamer, Habermas, Ricoeur, Levinas, Deleuze and Guattari provides an alternative to historically oriented approaches to biblical interpretation. He uses basic principles drawn from these philosophers' writings to create a framework for a new 'post-historical' mode of hermeneutic inquiry that transcends the subject-based epistemological structure of historical positivism.

    • Addresses the crisis of nihilism in contemporary biblical studies
    • Explains in accessible language philosophical writings of Heidegger, Bultmann, Gadamer, Habermas, Ricoeur, Levinas, Deleuze and Guattari
    • Provides basic principles for an alternative post-historical mode of hermeneutics
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    • Date Published: September 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107683402
    • length: 327 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • contains: 17 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction
    Part I. The Crisis of Historical Meaning:
    1. The meaning of meaning: reference, sense, meaning, and significance
    2. The death of the author
    3. The crisis of historical meaning
    4. The twilight of idols
    Part II. On the Way to Post-historical Hermeneutics:
    5. The interpreter as the location of meaning: Martin Heidegger
    6. Faith and history: Bultmann's debate with Bart
    7. The linguistic turn: language as a symbolizing system
    Part III. Post-historical Hermeneutics:
    8. Interpretation as dialogue: Hans-Georg Gadamer
    9. Interpretation and critique: Jürgen Habermas
    10. The hermeneutics of recollection and suspicion: Paul Ricoeur
    11. Interpretation before the face of the other: Emmanuel Levinas
    12. The embodied interpreter: Deleuze and Guattari
    Conclusion: post-historical interpretation.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Hermeneutics
    • Interpreting the New Testament
  • Author

    B. H. McLean, Knox College, University of Toronto
    B. H. McLean is Professor of New Testament Language and Literature at Knox College, University of Toronto. He is the author of New Testament Greek: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2011), An Introduction to the Study of Greek Epigraphy of the Hellenistic and Roman Periods from Alexander the Great Down to the Reign of Constantine (323 BCE–337 CE) (2002) and Greek and Latin Inscriptions in the Konya Archaeological Museum (2002).

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