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Defining Biblical Hermeneutics
How Biblical interpretations, or hermeneutics of the Bible, affect the way we read the scriptures
Ellen White 1 0/1 3 /2 01 4
This Bible History Daily article was originally published in July 2011. It has been updated and expanded.Ed.

For as long as there have been Biblical texts, there have been Biblical hermeneutics, or Biblical interpretations. One
definition of hermeneutics (given by Bernhard W. Anderson in a piece he wrote for Bible Review) is that Biblical
hermeneutics are modes of [Bible] interpretation[s]. In another Bible Review article, James A. Sanders offered a Biblical
hermeneutics definition as interpretive lens[es] through which one reads the Bible. Going a step further, the Merriam-
Webster dictionary extends its hermeneutics definition to include not only the methods or principles of the
interpretations but also the study of those very Biblical interpretations. In short, the hermeneutics of the Bible are the
many ways people read the Bible.
Biblical hermeneutics even take place within the Biblical text itself. In the Hebrew Bible, the authors of the Psalms and the
prophets often referred back to the Torah and incorporated their own interpretations and understanding of the text from
their social locations
In the years leading up to the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 7 0 C.E., several different Jewish groups had risen to
prominence, including the Pharisees, Sadducees and Essenes. Although they were all Jewish, each group had very different
Biblical hermeneutics. Definition of what happened to the soul after death, proper temple sacrifice and the importance of
studying the law differed among these groups because of their varying approaches. Christianity also began as a Jewish
sect, but as Jesus followers developed their own hermeneutics in relation to the law and the role of the messiah, it became
a distinct religion.
The religion section of most bookstores includes an amazing array of Bibles. In ourfree eBook The Holy Bible: A Buyers Guide, prominent Biblical scholars
Leonard Greenspoon and Harvey Minkoff expertly guide you through 21 different Bible translations (or versions) and address their content, text, style and religious
orientation.
Today there are many hermeneutics applied to the Bible. These methodologies range from historical-critical, to post-colonial, to rhetorical, to cultural-critical, to
ecological to canonical-critical. These are all types of Biblical hermeneutics. Part of the reason that so many hermeneutics exist is that interpreters have different goals.
For example, if you want to understand how Mosess life in the wilderness differed from daily life in the ancient Levant, you would use an
archaeological/anthropological hermeneutic. However, if you want to understand the gender politics between Miriam and Moses in the wilderness, you would use a
feminist or womanist approach to the text. Different hermeneutics lead to different types of interpretations. Cheryl Exum famously wrote two articles on Exodus 1-2:10
focusing on the women in the narrative. Her conclusions in these articles appear contradictory, but that is because she used two different hermeneutics (rhetorical and
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feminist) and each method focused on different elements of the text, which led to different interpretations of the text.
Even archaeology, which is the focus of BAR, is a Biblical hermeneutic. By studying the remains of ancient people and how they lived, and comparing their finds to the
texts, archaeologists are able to offer exciting new interpretations. For example, the sacrifice of Isaac is one of the most interpreted stories throughout history. The
disturbing narrative about a God who orders his follower to sacrifice his son, but ultimately withdraws this command at the final moment, has caused great discomfort
in readers for several reasons. Many of these reasons revolve around the modern revulsion regarding child sacrifice. The world of archaeology provides insight into the
practice (or non-practice) of sacrifice in the ancient world, as well as the hilltop altars, which appear in the story. For more on this topic see Infants Sacrificed? The Tale
Teeth Tell by Patricia Smith in the July/August 2014 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review.
There are many ways in which you can approach the text, and your method will determine your interpretation. It is important then to be transparent about what is
essential to you as a reader and recognize how that impacts the interpretations that you develop. Your interpretive goal will ultimately determine your Biblical
hermeneutic.


Ellen White, Ph.D. (Hebrew Bible, University of St. Michaels College), is senior editor at the Biblical Archaeology Society. She has taught at five
universities across the U.S. and Canada and spent research leaves in Germany and Romania. She has also been actively involved in digs at various
sites in Israel.


Read how noted scholars arrive at a definition of Biblical hermeneutics:
Bernhard W. Anderson, The Bible: Word of God in Human Words, Bible Review, June 1997 .
James A. Sanders, Spinning the Bible, Bible Review, June 1998.
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1. Desiree says
No wrong way to do it? What is the it? There are many ways to interpret the Bible, but weather a way is right or wrong I guess would depend on your aim. If the
goal is the truth, truth by its very nature is exclusive. Therefore, if truth is the aim, there may indeed be a right and a wrong way to go about it.
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2. Desiree says
*whether
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3. Wayne says
Whatever your preferred method or Bible hermeneutics definition, theres virtually no wrong way to do it.
Really??? Are you an advocate of situational ethics? Are the Scriptures merely a religious book or is it the living, active Word of God inspired by His Spirit as the
Scriptures themselves claim?
There definitely is a WRONG method of interpreting the Bible and million of people fall into that category. Far too many start with their own fallible sinful biases and
search the Scriptures for only that which supports their predetermined positions. There are definitely those who twist [the Scriptures] to their own destruction., (2
Peter 3:16). They do not want Gods perspective, standards, Truth, or Kingdom; they want to fulfill their own sinful lusts and bents. Hence, they abuse, misuse,
misinterpret, and twist the Scriptures.
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4. DOROTHY says
THANK YOU
GOD HAS GIVEN YOU WISDOM TO SERVE HIM AND
OTHERS WELL.
THE BIBLE GIVES ME THE WISDOM THAT I NEED FOR DAILY LIVING
I COULD NOT LIVE WITHOUT IT.
Nov ember 1 1 , 2 01 3 , 4:44 pm
5. woblery says
Always be wary of fire at all times especially during dry spells and when
you have to fish for Salmon iin the AuSable River a good location.He also
helped engineer last months appointment of Robert Druskin, former chief operating officer.
Every November, North Atlantic right whales fish head cantina swim more than 1, 200 have commented.
Both gals took a position on the humerus upper arm bone, with the medial heads still providing a lot
of heart and soul and patience to catch.
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6. L says
SCIENCE FALSELY SO CALLED: HERMENEUTICS
But God will have a people upon the earth to maintain the Bible, and the Bible only, as the standard of all doctrines, and the basis of all reforms. THE OPINIONS OF
LEARNED MEN, THE DEDUCTIONS OF SCIENCE, the creeds or decisions of ecclesiastical councils, as numerous and discordant as are the churches which they
represent, the voice of the majority, not one or all of these should be regarded as evidence for or against any point of religious faith. BEFORE ACCEPTING ANY
DOCTRINE OR PRECEPT, WE SHOULD DEMAND A PLAIN THUS SAITH THE LORD IN ITS SUPPORT. {GC88 595.1}
We should exert all the powers of the mind in the study of the Scriptures, and should task the understanding to comprehend, as far as mortals can, the deep things of
God; yet we must not forget that the docility and submission of a child is the true spirit of the learner. SCRIPTURAL DIFFICULTIES CAN NEVER BE MASTERED BY
THE SAME METHODS THAT ARE EMPLOYED IN GRAPPLING WITH PHILOSOPHICAL PROBLEMS. We should NOT ENGAGE in the study of the Bible WITH
THAT SELF-RELIANCE with which so many enter the domains of science, but with a prayerful dependence upon God, and a sincere desire to learn his will. WE
MUST COME WITH A HUMBLE AND TEACHABLE SPIRIT TO OBTAIN KNOWLEDGE FROM THE GREAT I AM. Otherwise, evil angels will so blind our minds and
harden our hearts that WE SHALL NOT BE IMPRESSED BY THE TRUTH. {GC88 599.1}
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THIS IS THE HIGHER CRITSICM THE CHURCHES NOT ONLY THE ADVENTIST BUT THE EVANGELICALS AND THE BAPTIST AND THE ROMAN CATHOLICS
CHURCH ( THE ORIGINATORS OF HERMENEUTICS FOR CHRISTIAN DISPENSATION WHICH THEY READILY RECEIVED FROM THE JEWISH PHARISEES.)

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1 Timothy 6:20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, AVOIDING PROFANE AND VAIN BABBLINGS, AND OPPOSITIONS OF SCIENCE FALSELY
SO CALLED:
Colossians 2:8-9 BEWARE LEST ANY MAN SPOIL YOU THROUGH PHILOSOPHY AND VAIN DECEIT, AFTER THE TRADITION OF MEN, after the rudiments of the
world, and not after Christ. (9) For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
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From the time that the Word of God was first written down Satan has consistently and constantly attacked the Word, first by NOT allowing people to own it, by burning
it, and by arousing ungodly men to unrighteously divide the Word of God. So that Satan can bring more false doctrine to the people, which are looking for God.
According to the verses below the LORD gave us the Word AS IT READS, those who are consecrated to God will understand what the LORD is commanding us and
warning us, but the heart must be totally and utterly consecrated and committed to our Father and His Son.
Isa 45:19 KJV
(19) I HAVE NOT SPOKEN IN SECRET, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare
things that are right.
Isa 48:16 KJV
(16) Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I HAVE NOT SPOKEN IN SECRET FROM THE BEGINNING; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord GOD,
and his Spirit, hath sent me.
Amo 3:7 KJV
(7) Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he REVEALETH HIS SECRET unto his servants the prophets.
Hab 2:2 KJV
(2) And the LORD answered me, and said, WRITE THE VISION, AND MAKE IT PLAIN UPON TABLES, THAT HE MAY RUN THAT READETH IT.
Joh 18:19-21 KJV
(19) The high priest then asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine.
(20) Jesus answered him, I SPAKE OPENLY TO THE WORLD; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; AND IN SECRET
HAVE I SAID NOTHING.
(21) Why askest thou me? ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said.
Our LORD said nothing in secret !but has left us instruction how to read and study His Word.
Isa 28:7-15 KJV
(7) But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed
up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.
(8) For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.
(9) WHOM SHALL HE TEACH KNOWLEDGE? AND WHOM SHALL HE MAKE TO UNDERSTAND DOCTRINE? THEM THAT ARE WEANED FROM THE MILK, AND
DRAWN FROM THE BREASTS.
(10) FOR PRECEPT MUST BE UPON PRECEPT, PRECEPT UPON PRECEPT; LINE UPON LINE, LINE UPON LINE; HERE A LITTLE, AND THERE A LITTLE:
(11) For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.
(12) To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.
(13) BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD WAS UNTO THEM PRECEPT UPON PRECEPT, PRECEPT UPON PRECEPT; LINE UPON LINE, LINE UPON LINE; HERE A
LITTLE, AND THERE A LITTLE; THAT THEY MIGHT GO, AND FALL BACKWARD, AND BE BROKEN, AND SNARED, AND TAKEN.
(14) Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, THAT RULE THIS PEOPLE WHICH IS IN JERUSALEM.
(15) Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not
come unto us: FOR WE HAVE MADE LIES OUR REFUGE, AND UNDER FALSEHOOD HAVE WE HID OURSELVES:
Col 2:8 KJV
(8) Beware lest any man spoil you through PHILOSOPHY AND VAIN DECEIT, AFTER THE TRADITION OF MEN, AFTER THE RUDIMENTS OF THE WORLD, and
not after Christ.
1Ti 6:20-21 KJV
(20) O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, AVOIDING PROFANE AND VAIN BABBLINGS, AND OPPOSITIONS OF SCIENCE FALSELY SO
CALLED:
(21) WHICH SOME PROFESSING HAVE ERRED CONCERNING THE FAITH. Grace be with thee. Amen. The first to Timothy was written from Laodicea, which is the
chiefest city of Phrygia Pacatiana.
2Pe 3:15-17 KJV
(15) And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
(16) As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; IN WHICH ARE SOME THINGS HARD TO BE UNDERSTOOD, WHICH THEY THAT ARE
UNLEARNED AND UNSTABLE WREST, AS THEY DO ALSO THE OTHER SCRIPTURES, UNTO THEIR OWN DESTRUCTION.
(17) Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, BEWARE LEST YE ALSO, BEING LED AWAY WITH THE ERROR OF THE WICKED, FALL FROM
YOUR OWN STEDFASTNESS.
Open the majority of books or informative tracts, in book stores, which say they can teach you, on how to read and understand, the Word of God, and you will discover
with a little in depth study that, THE BASIS FOR THEIR UNDERSTANDING WILL BE PHILOSOPHY.
We are instructed by the Word of God to not use mans ways of dividing the Word, but to allow the Holy Spirit to lead you into all truth. Please take note of what our
LORD says in Jeremiah:
Jer 17:5 KJV
(5) Thus saith the LORD; CURSED be the man that TRUSTETH IN MAN, AND MAKETH FLESH HIS ARM, AND WHOSE HEART DEPARTETH FROM THE LORD.
But if we rely on the LORD only and not on man:
Jer 17:7 KJV
(7) BLESSED IS THE MAN THAT TRUSTETH IN THE LORD, AND WHOSE HOPE THE LORD IS.
1Ch 21:13 KJV
(13) And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: LET ME FALL NOW INTO THE HAND OF THE LORD; FOR VERY GREAT ARE HIS MERCIES: but let me not fall
into the hand of man.
In all certainty if we are not relying on the hand of God, then we are relying on the Accuser; Satan to teach us through mans arrogance and self elevation above the
divine. When we have to bring ourselves down low, to allow our Father to work, with His Spirit through us. That we may be led into all truth.
As David said in Psalms:
Psa 119:130 KJV
(130) The entrance of thy words giveth light; IT GIVETH UNDERSTANDING UNTO THE SIMPLE.
Therefore:
Psa 119:104 KJV
(104) Through thy precepts I GET UNDERSTANDING: therefore I HATE EVERY FALSE WAY.
Now I dont know about you, but the way it sounds, the Word of God has been written in such a way that WE SIMPLE FOLK WILL UNDERSTAND. AND DO NOT
NEED DEGREES AND DIPLOMAS, ALL WE NEED IS THE UNCTION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT FROM JESUS EVEN OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN.
And further more in Peter we are told that the Word is its own expositor ;
2Pe 1:20 KJV
(20) Knowing this first, that NO prophecy of the scripture is of ANY PRIVATE INTERPRETATION.
Therefore our LORD gave us warnings continuously to beware of these things;
Mar 12:24 KJV
(24) And Jesus answering said unto them, DO YE NOT THEREFORE ERR, BECAUSE YE KNOW NOT THE SCRIPTURES, NEITHER THE POWER OF GOD?
We have been warned by God about these people, these false shepherds, these wolves in sheeps clothing;
Mat 16:6 KJV
(6) Then Jesus said unto them, TAKE HEED AND BEWARE OF THE LEAVEN OF THE PHARISEES AND OF THE SADDUCEES.
Mat 16:11 KJV
(11) HOW IS IT THAT YE DO NOT UNDERSTAND THAT I SPAKE IT NOT TO YOU CONCERNING BREAD, THAT YE SHOULD BEWARE OF THE LEAVEN OF THE
PHARISEES AND OF THE SADDUCEES?
Mat 16:12 KJV
(12) Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of THE DOCTRINE OF THE PHARISEES AND OF THE SADDUCEES.
These people have allowed themselves to be misled by Satan as prophesied by Paul in;
1Ti 4:1-2 KJV
(1) Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall DEPART from the faith, giving heed to SEDUCING SPIRITS, AND DOCTRINES OF DEVILS;
(2) Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their CONSCIENCE SEARED WITH A HOT IRON;
They had of the light before them but chose not to follow the LORD in His Word, may our Father have mercy upon these unfortunate souls. WHO PURPOSELY
MISLEAD THE PEOPLE THAT THEY MAY REALISE THEIR FAULTS AND REPENT OF THEIR WAYS.
We are told not to partake of these deeds in Ephesians;
Eph 5:6-13 KJV
(6) LET NO MAN DECEIVE YOU WITH VAIN WORDS: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
(7) BE NOT YE THEREFORE PARTAKERS WITH THEM.
(8) For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: WALK AS CHILDREN OF LIGHT:
(9) (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
(10) PROVING what is acceptable unto the Lord.
(11) And have NO FELLOWSHIP WITH THE UNFRUITFUL WORKS OF DARKNESS, BUT RATHER REPROVE THEM.
(12) FOR IT IS A SHAME EVEN TO SPEAK OF THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE DONE OF THEM IN SECRET.
(13) But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: FOR WHATSOEVER DOTH MAKE MANIFEST IS LIGHT.
We must all have the desire to do Gods will at all times, even though it is difficult, but we must not keep quiet, we must raise the standard for our LORD. Even though
persecution is one of the responses of the world, towards a true follower of God. As in the words of Jeremiah; Jer 20:9 KJV
(9) Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary
with forbearing, and I could not stay.
THE B.R.I. (BIBLE RESEARCH INSTITUTE) OF THE SEVENTH DAY ADVENTISTS, THE ONES WHO PURPOSELY MISLEAD GODS PEOPLE, WITH FALSE
WAYS OF DIVIDING THE WORD OF GOD. ( ARE WE NOT TOLD BY OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST TO TO READ AND STUDY THE WORD OF GOD FOR
OURSELVES AND NOT TO BE LED BY THE NOSES.READ PROVERBS 2:1-5 AND 2TIM 2:15)THEY USE PHILOSOPHICAL WAYS OF DIVIDING THE WORD OF
GOD WHICH COMES DIRECTLY FROM THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. HERMENEUTICS IS THE NAME THEREOF AND COMES DIRECTLY FROM HERMES THE
GOD OF THE GREEK MYTHOLOGY. IF YOU HAVE ACCESS TO THE INTERNET PLEASE LOOK IT UP FOR YOURSELF. TAKE NOTE OF WHAT OUR LORD
SAID TO US IN MATT 24:4,5; MARK 13:5,6; LUKE 21:8.
2Ti 2:15 KJV
(15) STUDY TO SHEW THYSELF APPROVED UNTO GOD, A WORKMAN THAT NEEDETH NOT TO BE ASHAMED, RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH.
HE COULD NOT KEEP QUIET HE HAD TO VOICE THE LAW OF THE LORD, I HOPE WE CAN ALL STAND UP FOR OUR FATHER AND NOT FALTER, BUT BUILD
OUR FOUNDATIONS ON THE ROCK, EVEN CHRIST OUR SAVIOUR.
Job 14:4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.
James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
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7 . james says
Biblical hermeneutics should be just that, Biblical, all thru scripture different writers quote scripture, and interpret it. so Im thinking our hermeneutic should come from
those writers
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8. Michael says
There is a main part of the Bible where the hermeneutics has lost out to the silly season of oddball theories and that is the numbers in scripture. Has anybody
seriously investigated why the biblical writers inserted those unbelievable final ages. exaggerated population sizes and special time periods? Those numbers must
have been of tremendous importance for the writer P in covertly insert many of them in scripture. But any mention of the numbers bring immediate responses of
numerology,, which is a trivial pursuit of trying to predict the future by interpreting biblical numbers. Because the numbers were exaggerated in size and the whiplash of
numerology, the biblical numbers have largely been ignored while the written text is promoted as the divine word of God. I know of no academic study where a major
part of the curriculum is avoided and it is in reality saying that the God who inspired the biblical writers was mathematically illiterate. Isnt it about time that the
numbers got a sensible airing and were subjected to investigation for alternative functions other than domestic related book keeping accounts.
Oct ober 1 4, 2 01 4, 5 :1 9 am
9. Douglas says
The debate on which interpretation is right and which is wrong will keep going on until Jesus Christ returns in power and great glory. But I personally feel that the Bible;
as the living and active Word of God can have many interpretations and still be absolute truth. The truth; for each situation, will not contradict the other. It is basically
how one applies it to living Gods way of life.
Oct ober 1 4, 2 01 4, 1 1 :2 0 am
10. Jrgen says
@Douglas: Well, you are waiting for Jesus return. Havent enough hate and fighting in the world? Do we really need another destroyer? Jesus brought hate and fighting
( see Mt 10.34) . That was enough. We do not need another troublemaker and terrorist.
Oct ober 1 6, 2 01 4, 1 1 :48 am
11. warren says
Feminist/liberationist/ rebellionist always say there is no wrong way, all voices are equally valid etc. They are also more likely to only use archeological snippets only
when it suits their case, and are more likely to say that it was a time of purely oral tradition because no one could write back then. They often follow 18th C preNazi
German scholarship that says there is no way to know what happened that long ago so it all must have been lies, therefore we can change the text to suit our theory
of men being &*&%$
Oct ober 1 6, 2 01 4, 1 :05 pm
12. Jeanie says
The question of hermeneutics is the complex one of meaning. In biblical hermeneutics, does one look to the text for meaning? to the author? to the reader? the world?
some combination? Surely, hermeneutics allows us to talk about theoriesmimetic, formal, rhetorical, expressive. All us us surely must begin with some sense of how
individuals acquire knowledgehow is it that we know what we know? Reading moves us deeply into a symbol system, an intricate web of words that demands all of us
to become better readers and better informed readers. Yes, science has changed the way people read the Biblenow looking for verifiability or truth that accords with
fact. We will never be able again to rest quietly in the pre-critical world which read the world, history, and humankind in light of the Bible; we now read the Bible in light
of the physical world, history, and science. We need hermeneutics to reveal to us our assumptions and inconsistency in talking about anything we read and how we
make meaning of it.
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13. John says
The methods of interpretation of all scared text have flaws. The most notable flaw, common to all, is best illustrated with the simple notion of rendering in image
processing. First consider an analogue TV verses a digital TV verses a HD TV. Assuming all are viewing a blank blue wall with respective cameras, then each will
show a blue wall. The HD TV may show small irregularities in the wall or perhaps see false patterns from random irregularities. The old analogue TV will provide the
best rendering of the blue wall in terms of relevant information.
Likewise, many approaches to interpretation seek to render information from sacred text that is just not there. They fail to recognize the actual fidelity of the text itself
and therefore arrive at different, even, false interpretations. However, readers seek detailed answers for questions which are not addressed by scared text. The quest of
the masses for answers to spiritual questions and life uncertainties create religious leaders and advisors who provide all the answers from imagined information and/or
historical answers. Both of which often exceeded the fidelity scared texts!
Today religious scholars are trying to maintain their relevance by so-called multidiscipline approaches to interpretation. Most of these approaches are answers looking
for questions. This is not to say all such endeavors are fruitless. The first rule of hermeneutics should be to determine the baseline information content of a portion of
text and recognize its limits of use. The second rule is to avoid its application beyond its limits. Perhaps the last rule of hermeneutics should be to embrace the
uncertainty inherent in the interpretation of scared texts. It is better to say we do not know than offer guesses as learned judgment.
Oct ober 1 6, 2 01 4, 5 :06 pm
14. David says
Some people fail to realize that endlessly quoting their favorite verses is not going to convince anybody of anything. TL;DR is an understatement. I wouldnt read it if it
was two lines. I always read comments, hoping to find a new way of looking at things, but too often just find nonsense.
Oct ober 1 7 , 2 01 4, 8:45 am
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