Opening at #7 on Amazon’s Top 100 Hot New Releases in its category, comes a new book from Dr. Christopher Cone and Exegetica Publishing. Priority in Biblical Hermeneutics and Theological Method is a text designed as a graduate/post-graduate level discussion of important interdisciplinary aspects of Biblical hermeneutics and theological method. Worldview, philosophy, theology, and hermeneutics are inextricably linked by internal concepts shared between the systems. Priority in Biblical Hermeneutics and Theological Method advocates for and explains the value of consistently applying the literal grammatical historical hermeneutic for Biblical interpretation, and suggests that it is hermeneutics that sets the proper trajectory for engaging these interdisciplinary fields of study.
Priority in Biblical Hermeneutics and Theological Method can be purchased in paperback from Amazon and other book sellers.
Price: $16, Paperback: 254 pages, Publisher: Exegetica Publishing; 1 edition (January 20, 2018), Language: English, ISBN-10: 0998280526, ISBN-13: 978-0998280523, Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches, Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces
“The second key question addressed in epistemology is how to interpret that source of authority. In the case of Hume’s empiricism, for example, the hermeneutic (or method of interpretation) for experience is derived through the senses. How does Hume interpret experience? Through the senses. How does Descartes interpret knowledge? Through the guided use of reason. In order for us to maintain a Biblical epistemology we need to find a hermeneutic in the Bible itself. If we have to go outside the Bible to answer this important question, then the resulting worldview is not a Biblical one – it is derived from something else. That is the task here: to examine the Biblical model for hermeneutics, understanding the priorities that help guide us in arriving at Biblical conclusions.
As we pursue that quest, we discover that the Bible does provide a hermeneutic model to follow. In the book of Genesis, as detailed in Chapter 4, for example, there are nearly one hundred references to God speaking, and in all the instances where the response is provided in the text, God either interprets Himself, or the other listeners interpret Him in a normative, literal grammatical historical way. Because Genesis covers roughly the first two-thousand years of recorded history, the hermeneutic model provided in the book is broadly indicative of how God expects to be understood. In short, the Bible provides its own hermeneutic model, and thus answers the question of how we are to interpret the Source of authority. Once we answer the key epistemological questions, we can move forward in understanding the Biblical worldview. In the chapters that follow, the focus is on the role of epistemology – and the priority of hermeneutics specifically – in rightly understanding the worldview and theology that is presented in Scripture…”