Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics: The Search for Meaning

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Since its publication in 1994, An Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics has become a standard text for a generation of students, pastors, and serious lay readers. This second edition has been substantially updated and expanded, allowing the authors to fine-tune and enrich their discussions on fundamental interpretive topics. In addition, four new chapters have been included that address more recent controversial issues:
• The role of biblical theology in interpretation
• How to deal with contemporary questions not directly addressed in the Bible
• The New Testament’s use of the Old Testament
• The role of history in interpretation
The book retains the unique aspect of being written by two scholars who hold differing viewpoints on many issues, making for vibrant, thought-provoking dialogue. What they do agree on, however, is the authority of Scripture, the relevance of personal Bible study to life, and why these things matter.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310279518
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 414,695
  • Product dimensions: 7.63 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Walter C. Kaiser Jr. (Ph D, Brandeis University) is distinguished professor emeritus of Old Testament and president emeritus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. Dr. Kaiser has written over 40 books, including Toward an Exegetical Theology: Biblical Exegesis for Preaching and Teaching; The Messiah in the Old Testament; and The Promise-Plan of God; and coauthored An Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics: The Search for Meaning. Dr. Kaiser and his wife, Marge, currently reside at Kerith Farm in Cedar Grove, Wisconsin. Dr. Kaiser’s website is

Moisés Silva taught biblical studies at Westmont College, Westminster Theological Seminary, and Gordon-Conwell Seminary. He is the author or coauthor of eight books and the revising editor of the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the First Edition     9
Preface to the Second Edition     12
Abbreviations     14
The Search for Meaning: Initial Directions
Who Needs Hermeneutics Anyway?     17
The Meaning of Meaning     29
Let's Be Logical: Using and Abusing Language     49
How Do the Parts Fit the Whole? The Tool of Biblical Theology     67
Must We Go "Beyond" the Bible? The Theological Use of the Bible     83
Does the New Testament Accurately Use the Old Testament?     95
Why Get Entangled with Historical Interpretation? The Role of History     107
Understanding the Text: Meaning in Literary Genres
"I Will Remember the Deeds of the Lord": The Meaning of Narrative     123
"My Heart Is Stirred by a Noble Theme": The Meaning of Poetry and Wisdom     139
"But These Are Written That You May Believe": The Meaning of the Gospels     157
How to Read a Letter: The Meaning of the Epistles     173
What about the Future? The Meaning of Prophecy     191
Responding to the Text: Meaning and Application
"As the Deer Pants for Streams of Water": The Devotional Use of the Bible     213
Obeying the Word: The Cultural Use of the Bible     223
Putting It All Together: The Theological Use of the Bible     241
The Searchfor Meaning: Further Challenges
A Short History of Interpretation     257
Contemporary Approaches to Biblical Interpretation     275
The Case for Calvinistic Hermeneutics     295
Concluding Observations     321
Glossary     333
Annotated Bibliography     337
Scripture Index     339
Name Index     345
Subject Index     347
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