Hermeneutics: An Introduction to Interpretive Theory.

Author:Kuck, David
Position:Brief article - Book review

Hermeneutics: An Introduction to Interpretive Theory. By Stanley E. Porter and Jason C. Robinson. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-8028-6657-8. xx and 308 pages. Paper. $30.

Do you have trouble remembering the difference between Heidegger and Gadamer? Are you a little fuzzy on structuralism? Do you want to know whether deconstruction is still popular? If so, this may be the book for you. The authors have given us a short course in the major hermeneutical movements of the past 250 years. In clear and concise chapters they cover the key thinkers from Schleiermacher to Heidegger, from Gadamer to Ricoeur, from Habermas to Derrida. They also cover more theologically and biblically oriented hermeneutics as exemplified by Barth, Bultmann, and more recent thinkers such as Pane, Thiselton, and Culpepper. For each major thinker they give a biographical sketch, lay out the major development of his thought (there are no women represented here), and give their own critical analysis. This is all useful as an introduction or refresher to those seeking to understand how we interpret...

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