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Mark Chanski
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Recommended Reading:
Interpreting the Bible. Mickelsen. Berkeley 1989.
Principles of Interpretation.  Berkhof.  Baker,  1952.
Protestant Interpretation. Ramm, Bernard. Baker, 1970.
I. Introduction:
(Ramm, pages 1-22; Berkhof, pages 11-13; Mickelsen, pages 3-19)
    a) definition; b) importance
    c) who is able to do sound hermeneutics?
II. The History of Hermeneutics:
(Ramm, pages 23-92; Berkhof, pages 14-39; Mickelsen, pages 20-53)
    Plus: early rabbinic exegesis; 1st century; 2nd; 3rd-5th centuries
    (medieval period - middle ages); the reformation period;
    post-reformation period (1500's-1700's);
    modern period, part 1 (1800's-1900's) (focus on errors)
    (1800's-1900's) (focus on errors)
III. Reformed Hermeneutics: Foundational Presuppositions:
(Ramm, Pages 93-113, 195-214; Berkhof, Pages 40-66; Mickelsen, Pages 80-98)
    a) creation endowed man with the ability to properly interpret God's Word
    b) the fall imposed the necessity for the hermeneutical study God's Word
    c) redemption restores man's created ability to properly interpret God's Word
    d) inspiration provides man with an objective record of God's Word
    e) sound interpretation demands that men acknowledge
       the theanthropic nature of God's inscripturated Word
  Scripture is: 1) The Word of Men:  
IV. Grammatical (Literal) Interpretation:
(Ramm, pages 113-148; Berkhof, pages 67-112; Mickelsen, pages 99-113)
Considerations: original languages, Words (etymology: benefits & dangers).
    usage; context; LXX; synonyms; lexicography:
    a) individual languages
    b) individual words
    c) structural syntax
    d) five contexts
    a) the particular book; b) the particular author;
    c) the particular testament; d) the entire Bible; e) the literary genre (part 1)
    e) the literary genre (part 2)
V. Historical/Cultural Interpretation:
(Ramm, pages 149-162; Berkhof, pages 113-132; Mickelsen, pages 159-177)
    a) Introductory Explanation (end of Lecture 12)
    b) The preacher's task c) the specific elements
    d) the important tools e) thorny difficulties (begining)
    e) thorny difficulties (conclusion)
    f) binding revelation vs. non-binding cultural forms
  Scripture is: 2) The Word of God:  
VI. Theological Interpretation:
(Ramm, pages 163-184; Berkhof, pages 133-40, pages 157-66)
    Theological interpretation, Part 1a (end of lecture 14):
    a) general perspectives (begining)
    Theological interpretation, Part 1b:
    a) general perspectives (conclusion):
    Theological interpretation, Part 2a:
    necessity; its position; its justification; its unavoidability
     b) cardinal principles:
    logical inferences; unity of Biblical books; harmony of Biblical message
    the analogy of faith; the authority of a text; misc. issues
VII. Special Hermeneutics:
     a) Typology
      (Ramm, 215-240; Berkhof, 140-148; Mickelsen, 236-279)
     b) parables; c) prophesy
      (Ramm, pages 276-288; Mickelsen, pages 199-235) /
      (Ramm, 241-275; Berkhof, 148-157; Mickelsen, 280-305)
    The following have information on hermeneutical issues:
  • Tools (Ramm, pages 19-22).
  • Good Habits (Mickelsen, pages 375-382).
  • Hermeneutics and Science (Ramm, pages 201-214).
  • Poetry and Wisdom Literature. (Mickelsen, pages 323-337).
  • Application (Mickelsen, pages 356-368; Ramm, pages 185-200).