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Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics: The Search for Meaning Hardcover – November 11, 2007
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Moisés Silva taught biblical studies at Westmont College, Westminster Theological Seminary, and Gordon-Conwell Seminary. He is the author or coauthor of eight books and the revising editor of the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible.
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But Silva would not have us say, therefore, that, since we reject monolithic 'neutrality', all approaches are now de facto 'correct'. No, we must approach the text from the position it demands, which is to say, we must approach it as Christians. This 'bias' is the only way we can approach the Scripture with the hope of understanding it correctly, for this is precisely the framework through which its human authors wrote, and it is to just such a 'biased' audience as this that it is addressed to. It itself is no mere 'neutral' text, but "profitable" for the "man of God" (II Tim. 3:16). We do well to remember to adopt this approach, even as we seek to have this framework refined (and yes, challenged) by the insights we learn from diligent study
The book is divided into four major parts (each part contains multiple chapters) which progressively build on one another; the interaction between the co-authors, as they take turns writing individual chapters, is remarkable. Kaiser and Silva do not always agree on all points, but the respectful interplay between their sometimes differing outlooks provides an example of what true scholarship is all about.
The four parts of the book have the following headings: 1) The Search for Meaning: Initial Directions (which includes general background information); 2) Understanding the Text: Meaning in Literary Genres; 3) Responding to the Text: Meaning and Application; and 4) The Search for Meaning: Further Challenges (which includes chapters on both the history of interpretation and contemporary approaches to interpretation).
The best thing about this book is that it is not so much a treatise on scholarly interpretation (though it certainly is scholarly), but that it attempts to help the reader to learn both how to interpret the Bible and then how to apply that interpretation to life. As the jacket copy of the book states, "In a culture that prizes individuality and personal freedom, the primary question is no longer 'Is it true?' but rather 'Does it matter?' Hence, the question of relevancy has taken precedence over the question 'What does the text mean?Read more ›
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Very useful book. I think by reading this book one can obtain a deeper appreciation for their bible and the difficulties in translators in giving an all inclusive perfect... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Dale E. Sperling
Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics: The Search for Meaning, by Walter C. Kaiser and Moisés Silva, published by Zondervan, Grand Rapids, MI and copyrighted in 2007 (ISBN... Read morePublished 5 months ago by C. Fugee
It is conservative for the most part, easy to read and understand. It is a great place to begin.
Better choices would be
A Basic Guide to Biblical... Read more
It depends on what prespective you're looking for. Classic conservative or something else. If you appreciate discussion of post modernist rabbit trails have fun.Published 10 months ago by Robert