Foundations and Principles of Evangelical Biblical Interpretation
While there are many books on hermeneutics, Graeme Goldsworthy’s perception is that evangelical contributions often do not give sufficient attention to the vital relationship between hermeneutics and theology, both systematic and biblical.
Goldsworthy moves beyond a reiteration of the usual arguments to concentrate on the theological questions of presuppositions, and the implications of the Christian gospel for hermeneutics. In doing so, he brings fresh perspectives on some well-worn pathways.
Part I examines the foundations and presuppositions of evangelical belief, particularly with regard to biblical interpretation.
Part II offers a selective overview of important hermeneutical developments from the sub-apostolic age to the present, as a means of identifying some significant influences that have been alien to the gospel.
Lastly, Part III evaluates ways and means of reconstructing truly gospel-centered hermeneutics. Goldsworthy’s aim throughout is to commend the much-neglected role of biblical theology in hermeneutical practice, with pastoral concern for the people of God as they read, interpret and seek to live by his written Word.
“The message is a potent call to evangelicals to be evangelical in their hermeneutics. Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics will prove a useful tool for Bible students and pastors.” (Michael J. Thate, Bulletin for Biblical Research, vol. 19, no. 1, 2009)
“Goldsworthy demonstrates the need for a robust biblical theological method that exalts Jesus, which is exactly what his book does.” (Andrew David Naselli, JETS, June 2008)
“Amongst a spate of hermeneutics books, why should this one receive special consideration by readers interested in the subject? The first reason is the author. Graeme Goldsworthy has contributed numerous years in the classroom and multiple volumes in print to help the world understand the Bible better. The second reason why this book should receive special attention is because it offers so very clearly a general hermeneutics textbook from a well honed ‘gospel-centered’ approach. His summaries, bullet points, and analyses make this quite a usable text and a welcome contribution.” (Matthew Cook, Evangelical Review of Theology, July 2008)
About the Author
Graeme Goldsworthy is an Australian Anglican and Old Testament scholar. He was formerly lecturer in Old Testament, biblical theology and hermeneutics at Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia and continues to teach there part time. Goldsworthy has an MA from Cambridge University and a ThM and PhD from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia.
The Table of Contents is enormous, covering three pages, but a summary of key points covered are:
- The Necessity for hermeneutics
- Presuppositions in reading and understanding
- A biblical theology of interpretation
- Being gospel-centered
- Eclipsing the gospel in your hermeneutics
- Early church errors
- Medieval errors
- Roman Catholic errors
- Errors of liberalism
- Historical criticism
- Literary criticism
- The eclipse of the gospel in evangelicalism
- Pre-and post-Enlightenment interpretation
- The literary dimension
- The historical dimension
- The hermeneutics of Christ