. . . an accessible summary of the basic history, questions, and thinkers of modern biblical interpretation, which is ideal for an introductory audience.
Studies in Religion
This book is not a textbook on ‘how to do’ hermeneutics, neither is it a philosophical or methodological analysis of different types of hermeneutical approach. As a history, to great effect, it places changes in hermeneutical approaches within their historical contexts. It is lucid, readable and not infrequently amusing, with occasional, almost tongue-in-cheek asides. The book is entirely accessible to students who are focusing on the roots to current hermeneutics as well as to the generalist who seeks an overview to developments in biblical interpretation.
Journal for the Study of the New Testament
What have they done to the Bible? This gently tongue-in-cheek question gives voice to the suspicion and dismay which have greeted developments in biblical scholarship over recent centuries, especially in the church. [With Sandys-Wunsch]’s clear and often very witty style, he succeeds admirably at making the subject matter accessible to non-specialists. . . . Being able to survey this aspect of the history of interpretation forces readers to examine carefully their own attitudes and the wide range of factors which shape them, and to ask how our own responses to these challenges may be perceived in centuries to come.
Toronto Journal of Theology
Well researched but straightforward and laced with humor, this book is fun to read. It is also sobering. . . . The strength of the book consists in the concise and interesting descriptions of scholars, issues, and arguments.
Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
The product of thirty years’ research, this erudite and witty survey of biblical interpretation from approximately 1450 to 1900 seeks to reconstruct the history of modern biblical exegesis.
Old Testament Abstracts
. . . readers have a feast in store.
Sandys-Wunsch presents in a concise and witty manner an enormous amount of information drawn from often obscure and difficult texts. He explains in large part how biblical interpretation got to where it is today, liberates us from false opinions and expectations about the Bible and provides a sound historical basis on which to proceed with actualizing the Scriptures today.
Sandys-Wunsch concludes that one can find value in the Bible today by seeing the Bible as part of ancient literature and as a religious foundational document.
New Testament Abstracts