Shelf Life Book Review: Biblical Hermeneutics

Matthew James Hamilton

Biblical Hermeneutics: Five Views
IVP Academic, 2012

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This book introduces the five major hermeneutical methodologies to reading the biblical text through five different voices. The first five chapters explain each author’s point of view, while the final five offer the authors a chance to respond to each other’s approaches.

Craig L. Broyles discusses the historical-critical/grammatical view, which attempts to understand the intent of the historical author. F. Scott Spencer presents the literary/postmodern view, which advances that the original intent of an author is not ascertainable. Merold Westphal explains the philosophical/theological view, which applies a universal framework to the biblical text. Richard B. Gaffin, Jr. introduces the redemptive-historical view, which understands that all Scripture should be interpreted in light of the Gospels’ salvation event. Robert W. Wall talks about the canonical view, which attempts to view the Bible in its final form as received by the Church.

The dialogue between these five views presents a basic hermeneutical conversation in a very accessible way. Although the language can be technical at times, academics, students of biblical studies, and pastors will find this a helpful addition to their libraries.

Article courtesy of Bible Study Magazine published by Faithlife Corporation. Originally published in print, Vol. 4 No. 6