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BEST Hermeneutics Books Worth Your Attention

There are countless Hermeneutics courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

Hermeneutics: An Introduction (2009)

 BEST Hermeneutics Books Worth Your AttentionAnthony Thiselton here brings together his encyclopedic knowledge of hermeneutics and his nearly four decades of teaching on the subject to provide a splendid interdisciplinary textbook. After a thorough historical overview of hermeneutics, Thiselton moves into modern times with extensive analysis of scholarship from the mid-twentieth century, including liberation and feminist theologies, reader-response and reception theory, and postmodernism.
Author(s): Anthony C. Thiselton

Hermeneutics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (2015)

 BEST Hermeneutics Books Worth Your AttentionHermeneutics is the branch of knowledge that deals with interpretation, a behaviour that is intrinsic to our daily lives. As humans, we decipher the meaning of newspaper articles, books, legal matters, religious texts, political speeches, emails, and even dinner conversations every day . But how is knowledge mediated through these forms? What constitutes the process of interpretation? And how do we draw meaning from the world around us so that we might understand our position in it?
Author(s): Jens Zimmermann

Biblical Hermeneutics: Five Views (Spectrum Multiview Book) (2012)

 BEST Hermeneutics Books Worth Your AttentionFive experts in biblical hermeneutics gather here to state and defend their approach to the discipline. Contributors include: Craig Blomberg with the historical-critical/grammatical approach, Richard Gaffin with the redemptive-historical approach, Scott Spencer with the literary/postmodern approach, Robert Wall with the canonical approach and Merold Westphal with the philosophical/theological approach.
Author(s): Porter Jr., Stanley E., Beth M. Stovell

The Hermeneutics of the Biblical Writers: Learning to Interpret Scripture from the Prophets and Apostles (2018)

 BEST Hermeneutics Books Worth Your AttentionA method of interpretation–a hermeneutic–is indispensable for understanding Scripture, constructing theology, and living the Christian life, but most contemporary hermeneutical systems fail to acknowledge the principles and practices of the biblical writers themselves.Christians today cannot employ a truly biblical view of the Bible unless they understand why the prophets and apostles interpreted Scripture the way they did.
Author(s): Abner Chou

Hermeneutics: Facts and Interpretation in the Age of Information (2018)

 BEST Hermeneutics Books Worth Your AttentionIs anything ever not an interpretation? Does interpretation go all the way down? Is there such a thing as a pure fact that is interpretation-free? If not, how are we supposed to know what to think and do? These tantalizing questions are tackled by renowned thinker John D. Caputo in this wide-reaching exploration of what the traditional term "hermeneutics" can mean in a postmodern, 21st-century world.
Author(s): John D. Caputo

Homiletics and Hermeneutics (2018)

 BEST Hermeneutics Books Worth Your AttentionScott Gibson and Matthew Kim, both experienced preachers and teachers, have brought together four preaching experts–Bryan Chapell, Kenneth Langley, Abraham Kuruvilla, and Paul Scott Wilson–to present and defend their approach to homiletics. Reflecting current streams of thought in homiletics, the book offers a robust discussion of theological and hermeneutical approaches to preaching and encourages pastors and ministry students to learn about preaching from other theological traditions.
Author(s): Scott M. Gibson, Kim eds., Matthew D.

Hermeneutics (Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy) (1969)

 BEST Hermeneutics Books Worth Your AttentionThis classic, first published in 1969, introduces to English-speaking readers a field which is of increasing importance in contemporary philosophy and theology–hermeneutics, the theory of understanding, or interpretation.Richard E. Palmer, utilizing largely untranslated sources, treats principally of the conception of hermeneutics enunciated by Heidegger and developed into a “philosophical hermeneutics” by Hans-Georg Gadamer.
Author(s): Richard E. Palmer

The Hermeneutic Tradition: From Ast to Ricoeur (SUNY series, Intersections: Philosophy and Critical Theory) (1989)

 BEST Hermeneutics Books Worth Your AttentionThe major statements of the leading figures in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century German and French hermeneutic traditions.Here are the major statements of the leading figures in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century German and French hermeneutic traditions―the major statements on the aims, methods, and techniques of interpretation.
Author(s): Gayle L. Ormiston, Alan D. Schrift

Hermeneutics: An Introduction to Interpretive Theory (2011)

 BEST Hermeneutics Books Worth Your AttentionIn this concentrated, intelligible, and useful introductory volume Stanley Porter and Jason Robinson give a splendid overview of hermeneutical and interpretive thought.
Author(s): Stanley E. Porter, Jason C. Robinson

Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics: Foundations and Principles of Evangelical Biblical Interpretation (2010)

 BEST Hermeneutics Books Worth Your AttentionWhile 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. In this new paperback edition of Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics, 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.
Author(s): Graeme Goldsworthy

A Short Introduction to Hermeneutics (2004)

 BEST Hermeneutics Books Worth Your AttentionHermeneutics defines the rules used to search out the meaning of Scripture. Throughout church history, interpreters have approached biblical interpretation in different ways, using different tools and methods. This book conveniently and accessibly surveys major biblical interpreters and approaches to hermeneutics from the patristic period to the present days. It provides a theoretical basis for understanding the processes of hermeneutics in different faith traditions.
Author(s): David Jasper

The Hermeneutics of the Subject: Lectures at the Collège de France 1981–1982 (2005)

 BEST Hermeneutics Books Worth Your AttentionThe Hermeneutics of the Subject is the third volume in the collection of Michel Foucault’s lectures at the Collège de France, where faculty give public lectures on any topic of their choosing.
Author(s): Michel Foucault , Frédéric Gros, et al.

Best Hermeneutics Books Worth Your Attention

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Activist Hermeneutics of Liberation and the Bible: A Global Intersectional Perspective

Author(s): Jin Young Choi, Gregory L. Cuéllar
ID: 3533195, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2023, Size: 5 Mb, Format: pdf

Hermeneutics, History, and Technology: The Call of the Future

Author(s): Armin Grunwald, Alfred Nordmann, Martin Sand
ID: 3685558, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2023, Size: 4 Mb, Format: pdf

The Poetics and Hermeneutics of Pain and Pleasure

Author(s): Bootheina Majoul; Hanen Baroumi
ID: 3259438, Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Year: 2022, Size: 4 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are absolutely hot items according to The Wall Street Journal, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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