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The Hermeneutical Spiral: A Comprehensive Introduction to Biblical Interpretation Paperback – January 4, 2007
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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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While the book did have its difficulties, Osborne still established his thesis. The reader is left with no doubt that “biblical interpretation entails a ‘spiral’ from text to context, from its original meaning to its contextualization or significance for the church today.” An example of the difficulties of the book is the chapter on syntax. Although necessary to the interpretive process, the chapter on syntax was too technical and overly academic. Its interaction with communication theory made the chapter a labyrinth of dull scholastic philosophy. The overwhelming information in the chapter has the effect of submerging the reader under a tsunami of translation principles. This is why I consider The Hermeneutical Spiral a category four stars.