Gospel-centred Hermenutics

Gospel-centred Hermenutics

Biblical-theological foundations and principles

Graeme Goldworthy's examination of the role of biblical theology in the practice of hermeneutics.

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While there are now many publications on hermeneutics, Graeme Goldsworthy's perception is that evangelical contributions tend not give sufficient attention to the vital relationship between hermeneutics and both systematic and biblical theology.

In this excellent exposition, Goldsworthy does not simply re-iterate material available elsewhere, but concentrates on theological questions of presuppositions and the implications of the Christian gospel for hermeneutics, and brings fresh perspectives on some well-worn pathways.

Goldsworthy's aim throughout is to commend the much-neglected role of biblical theology in hermeneutical practice, with pastoral concern for the people of God as they read, interpret and seek to live by his written Word.

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  • Preface
  • Introduction: Can hermeneutics be saved?
  • Part I – Evangelical Prolegomena to Hermeneutics
  • Introduction
  • 1. The necessity for hermeneutics
  • Much ado about nothing?
  • What is/are hermeneutics
  • The necessity for hermeneutics
  • Communication and its principles
  • Divine communication
  • The dimensions of hermeneutics
  • 2. Presuppositions in reading and understanding
  • The historical shift in presuppositions
  • Alternative presuppositional stances in theological study
  • The unavoidability of presuppositions
  • Basic evangelical presuppositions
  • Grace alone
  • Christ alone
  • Scripture alone
  • Faith alone
  • The four ‘alones’ and the Trinity
  • The function of evangelical doctrine
  • Ontology
  • Epistemology
  • Christology and hermeneutics
  • 3. Gospel-centred hermeneutics
  • The presuppositions of the gospel
  • The gospel and noetic salvation
  • Christ as mediator means the gospel is the hermeneutic norm of Scripture
  • The resurrection and hermeneutics
  • Christocentricity is not Christomonism
  • 4. Towards a biblical theology of interpretation
  • The method of biblical theology
  • Creation and fall
  • Torah (the Pentateuch)
  • Wisdom
  • Prophets
  • The Gospels
  • Acts
  • The epistles
  • Revelation
  • Conclusions
  • Part II – Challenges to Evangelical Hermeneutics
  • Introduction
  • 5. The eclipse of the gospel in the early church
  • The context of hermeneutics
  • The sub-apostolic age
  • Allegory and the Alexandrines
  • Typology and the Antiochenes
  • Assessment
  • 6. The eclipse of the gospel in the medieval church
  • Precursors to medieval interpretation
  • The later medieval period
  • The scholastic theologians
  • Assessment
  • 7. The eclipse of the gospel in Roman Catholicism
  • The theological antecedents
  • Thomas Aquinas and Tridentine Catholicism
  • Modern Catholicism
  • Assessment
  • 8. The eclipse of the gospel in liberalism
  • The Enlightenment
  • Liberal Protestantism of the Enlightenment
  • Schleiermacher’s hermeneutics of understanding
  • Assessment
  • 9. The eclipse of the gospel in philosophical hermeneutics
  • On being eclectic
  • The devolution of hermeneutics
  • Postmodernism: total eclipse?
  • Assessment
  • 10. The eclipse of the gospel in historical criticism
  • The problem of the method
  • The growth of the historical-critical method
  • Ernst Troeltsch
  • The problem of history
  • Challenges to the historical nature of the gospel
  • The new hermeneutic and historical criticism
  • Postmodernism and history
  • Assessment
  • 11. The eclipse of the gospel in literary criticism
  • The place of literary criticism
  • Modern literary hermeneutics
  • Author-centred approaches
  • Text-centred approaches: the New Criticism and structuralism
  • Postmodernism and reader-centred approaches
  • Assessment
  • 12. The eclipse of the gospel in evangelicalism
  • Hermeneutical perfectionism
  • Quietism: evangelical Docetism
  • Literalism: evangelical Zionism
  • Legalism: evangelical Judaism
  • Decisionism: evangelical Bultmannism
  • Subjectivism: evangelical Schleiermacherism
  • ‘Jesus-in-my-heart-ism’: evangelical Catholicism
  • Evangelical pluralism
  • Evangelical pragmatism
  • Assessment
  • Part III – Reconstructing Evangelical Hermeneutics
  • Introduction
  • 13. Pre- and post-Enlightenment evangelical interpretation
  • The pre-Enlightenment background to evangelical belief
  • Post-Enlightenment evangelical scholarship
  • Contemporary re-evaluation of Reformation principles
  • 14. The gospel and the literary dimension
  • Biblical literature
  • The biblical-theological context of the literature
  • The dogmatic-theological context of the literature
  • The nature of exegesis
  • Linguistics
  • Speech-act theory
  • Some conclusions
  • 15. The gospel and the historical dimension
  • A Christian theological philosophy of history
  • The gospel and God’s perspective on history
  • The gospel and the believer’s perspective on history
  • History and biblical hermeneutics
  • 16. The gospel and the theological dimension (I):
  • the two Testaments and typology
  • The relationship of Old Testament and New Testament
  • Unity and diversity in the history of interpretation
  • Unity and diversity in recent biblical theology
  • Thematic polarities between the Testaments
  • The typology debate: the basis and nature of typology
  • Jesus and reality
  • The dimensions of reality in the biblical revelation
  • 17. The gospel and the theological dimension (II):
  • biblical and systematic theology
  • Foundations of evangelical biblical theology
  • The hermeneutical role of biblical theology
  • The hermeneutical role of systematic theology
  • The relationship of biblical and systematic theology
  • 18. The gospel and contextualization
  • Culture and understanding
  • The modern emergence of contextualization
  • Problems in contextualizing
  • Is there a biblical theology of contextualization?
  • Contextualization in translation
  • 19. The hermeneutics of Christ
  • Summary
  • The hermeneutics of the person of Christ
  • The hermeneutics of the work of Christ
  • The hermeneutics of the glorification of Christ
  • The hermeneutics of the Spirit of Christ
  • Christians and their Bible: hands-on hermeneutics
  • Epilogue


Author Graeme Goldsworthy
ISBN 9781844741458
Format Paperback
Dimensions 155mm x 233mm x 25mm
Print size 10pt
Language English
Pages 352
Publisher Apollos
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