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The Hermeneutical Spiral: A Comprehensive Introduction to Biblical Interpretation Paperback – January 4, 2007
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About the Author
Grant R. Osborne (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He also serves as series editor for the IVP New Testament Commentary Series, for which he contributed the volume on Romans. He has also written on Revelation for the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament.
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If you don't know Hebrew or Greek the chapters on word study, semantics, and syntax will be challenging to read, yet it is shown as necessary to discover original intent, After that comes personal conviction, and finally applying the truths to the modern church. I read the first 120 pages in 3 days, but it took two more weeks to finish the book at page 366 because he's placing each layer back into the original context. Each appendix is helpful, but only make more sense if you've read the book. He assumes seminary level knowledge of Hebrew and Greek; it'd have been easier for me to have the translations side by side when he was comparing words. This book is a seminary course in hermeneutics.
If you read this book on your PC, page numbers appear at the bottom of the screen. That number may not be the page number of the quotation you want to cite. In order to find the correct page number, you have to highlight the quotation and then check the notation made by the kindle program.
If you're reading it on your kindle, if you press "menu", the page number will appear on the bottom of the screen. Same as above. You have to highlight the passage and check it in kindle notes in order to get the correct page number.
This method seems to be working for this book, but I'd get a hard copy and double check before ever citing it in any important research.
Please, before purchasing your books on kindle, be aware that most kindle books have no references to page numbers at all. I purchased all my books for school in kindle format this semester and am seriously considering buying hard copies. Professors want to be able to easily find your citations and they can't find a kindle location unless they have a kindle and that particular book. Please find out what your school thinks about this issue before making the same mistake I did.
Better choices would be
A Basic Guide to Biblical Interpretation: Understanding the Correct Methods of Interpretation
Basic Bible Interpretation
Basic Guide to Interpreting the Bible, A: Playing by the Rules by Stein, Robert H. 2nd (second) Edition [Paperback(2011)]
At times the book seems dense and monotonous - I myself can only read about "grammar" for so many pages. I could rarely read more than 40, 50 pages in one sitting because of the density surrounding Osborne's thoughts and ideas communicated.
That being said, however, the book itself is organized, straightforward, and impressive. Students seeking to understanding grammatical theory - especially the grammatical cultural theory of Scripture - will be pleased with this one.