“Well, that’s just your interpretation.”
For many people, interpreting the Bible is the art of making it say what they want. Even scholars often treat interpretation as a subjective exercise, not the search for true, objective meaning of texts. But hasn’t God spoken definitively in Scripture? Shouldn’t we be able to arrive at a good and true interpretation?
Convinced that God wants us to understand his Word in all its literary genres, Dan McCartney and Charles Clayton have provided a thorough, readable introduction to biblical interpretation, now updated in this second edition to address postmodern approaches.
Table of Contents:
Introduction: God’s Word and Human Understanding
What Is the Problem?
Part One: The Foundation of Understanding: Presuppositions
1. Truth, Language, and Sin
2. Knowing God: Presuppositions About the Bible and Creation
3. The Foundation and the Frame: Presuppositions and Interpretation
Part Two: Interpretation in Theory
4. The Church and Biblical Interpretation
5. The Grammatical-Historical Method: Knowing What It Meant
6. Removing the Veil: From What It Meant to What It Means
Part Three: Interpretation in Practice
7. Studying God’s Word
8. Biblical Genres 223
9. The Bible in Worship and Witness
10. Scripture and Guidance
Appendix A: Where Is Meaning?
Appendix B: The Historical-Critical Method
“A fresh and insightful study of hermeneutics, scintillating in its scholarship.” — R. C. Sproul
“Comprehensive yet understandable. . . A helpful emphasis in the book is that interpretation is more than a cognitive exercise; it is also spiritual.” — Bibliotheca Sacra
“The best introduction to biblical hermeneutics. . . . Each section presents profound concepts simply and clearly.” — Bruce Waltke
“Skillfully combines the ingredients of reliable scholarship and practical wisdom. . . . a work which students at all levels will want to turn to again and again.” — Sinclair B. Ferguson