Osborne contends that hermeneutics is a spiral from text to context–a movement between the horizon of the text and the horizon of the reader that spirals nearer. Here In One Comprehensive Volume Grant Osborne provides seminary The Hermeneutical Spiral: A Comprehensive Introduction to Biblical Interpretation. Osborne contends that hermeneutics is a spiral from text to context–a movement between the horizon of the text and the horizon of the reader.

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My library Help Advanced Book Search. Read more Read less. This is a comprehensive work on the process and philosophy of Biblical Interpretation Hermeneutics. Being Evangelical, it is outside the mainstream hermneutical some points choosing minority positions over the majority that you would find in the literature, hence 3 starsbut overall a very good introduction if not the best on the mar This is exactly what the subtitle says.

The Hermeneutical Spiral: A Comprehensive Introduction to Biblical Interpretation

The most illuminating sections of the book for me were the two chapters on homiletics. That’s a big problem if you ever want to cite the text. Its end goal is to assist these people in interpreting the Bible well, in seeing it as both a historical literary library and as a living revelation of God to be proclaimed. New chapters on the Old Testament law and use of the Old Testament in the New have been added, and general revisions have been undertaken throughout the volume.

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Osborne appropriately begins the investigation with an introduction to situate the reader for the task ahead. Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics: Osborne Limited preview – The latter being among the most helpful. He gives us a helpful way in bridging these two worlds as modern scholarship is increasingly concerned withhermeneutica, centres much of this way around building a methodology that is willing to see multiple forms literary, context, history, and application weaved together so as to illuminate and bring us closer to the clearer picture of the text itself.


Read more Read less. I read the first osbornf in 3 days, but it took two more weeks to finish the book at page because he’s placing each layer back into the original context. The ideal approach to hermeneutics. You have my email address. Be noted that this is not an introductory book on the subject. For Osborne the Bible can be studied for theoretical or spirsl purposes, but its primary function to be the revelation of God to the world.

This is a dense book packed with pretty much spidal the angles relating to Biblical hermeneutics. The Nature of the Prophetic Message. Notice the individualistic cast of this rhetoric; it flies in the face of his later and constant insistence on the importance of communal efforts in interpretation. A Comprehensive Introduction to Biblical If you are one who wishes to improve one’s Bible studies, this is definitely a book hermeneutiacl read as an aid. At times the book seems dense and monotonous – I myself can only read about “grammar” for so many pages.

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Osborne Limited preview – To follow his suggested spiral would be overwhelmingly time consuming in most cases, but he believes it minimizes the hermeneuical for misinterpreting and misapplying the Scripture.

Don’t be intimidated by the title. However the attention given to all perspectives and challenges is broad. This proves to be more than a mere statement of conviction for Osborne, as the outline of the book will effectively bring the reader from the examination of the biblical text in their original languages to the homiletical execution of a Sunday morning sermon.


Having broached the community idea, one must say that it is good to see such an emphasis in an evangelical work.

The hermeneutical spiral is the upward movement between text and reader, part and whole, that allows understanding to deepen through repeated close reading.

It is nicely categorized and sub-categorized. Account Options Sign in. Biblical Theology and Homiletical Theology. He dubs these two aspects exegesis and contextualization or significance. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, spirao computer – no Kindle device required. It answers questions raised by the New Hermeneutics.

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Sep 09, Karl rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Prophecy Belief in American Cultureto discover the tendency, of long standing, for Americans to fixate on the biblical prophets as crystal-ball gazers.

Recommended to Mike by: I could rarely read more than 40, 50 pages in one sitting because of the density surrounding Osborne’s thoughts and ideas communicated. Grant Osbourne lays the foundation for his position layer upon layer.

Along the way, he offers assessments of recent developments from redaction criticism to reader response criticism.

He assumes seminary level knowledge of Hebrew and Greek; it’d have been easier for me to have the translations side by side when he was comparing words. The kindle version of this book has page numbers, unlike most kindle books, which only have location numbers.