Hermeneutics as a Theory of Understanding Paperback

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Hermeneutics as a Theory of Understanding

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Walk with Petr Pokorný in and around his beloved field of hermeneutics as he explores a number of basic issues in understanding -- from language in general to the interpretation of the Bible in particular.

Pokorný first addresses the world of language, showing the importance of understanding language thoroughly in terms of its vocabulary, syntax, and pragmatics, while keeping a keen eye open for metaphor and myth. Next he focuses on text, examining its graphic character, its misuse, and its silence -- its frustrating inability to answer questions posed to it.

The third stop on Pokorný's tour -- methods of interpretation -- looks at translation, rhetorical criticism, and historical methodologies of interpretation. Here he argues not only that the encounter between texts and readers is rife with problems in communication but also that these impediments can be overcome by returning again and again to the text until it makes clear its relevance to the present.

In the final segment of his wide-ranging hermeneutical journey, Pokorný examines the nature of interpretation itself, celebrating especially its capacity to bridge the gap -- or even the abyss -- that divides the world of the text and the lived world of the reader, creating a dialogue between the two that can overcome the silence of the written word.

Hermeneutics as a Theory of Understanding by Petr Pokorny was published by Eerdmans Publishing Company in July 2011 and is our 60612th best seller. The ISBN for Hermeneutics as a Theory of Understanding is 9780802827210.

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Charles C. West
— Princeton Theological Seminary
"Why should an ethicist or moral theologian read this book? Because it is a 'theory of understanding.' Pokorn? understands hermeneutics as personal engagement with a text that communicates from another historical age into our time, and its interpretation for ourselves and our world. It is historical understanding, with its origins in the past, its present meaning, and its guidance for the future. Not only explanation is involved but also motivation. The whole book expounds this theme, leading to chapter 5, 'Interpretation' where it reaches its climax."

James H. Charlesworth
(from the foreword)
"What is 'hermeneutics,' and what are the best methods for discerning the eternal in the ephemeral or God's Word in scriptural words? To supply answers, Pokorný has crafted this wonderful and deeply inspiring book. . . He blends together disciplines — philosophy, philology, phenomenology, and theology — that tend to shed each other like oil and water. . . Pokorný shows how two worlds, our own and the authors' world, merge in ways that transcend finite methodologies."

Erazim Kohák
— Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
"This little gem of a book places hermeneutics in its original context of biblical interpretation and so renders it both intelligible and available to wider philosophical enquiry. Petr Pokorný combines superb theological scholarship with philosophical understanding and the skills of an accomplished narrator. The result is a book that can both delight a scholar and serve as a text for a course in hermeneutics. . . A dashing good read!"

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Details for Hermeneutics as a Theory of Understanding

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherEerdmans Publishing Company (July 2011)
Number of Pages224
Thickness14 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code3471232
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