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The Development of Theological Hermeneutics (I): From the Beginnings to the Enlightenment

  • Werner G. Jeanrond
Part of the Library of Philosophy and Religion book series (LPR)

Abstract

The history of hermeneutics is not identical with the history of the term ‘hermeneutics’. Although it is the Greek word hermeneia which lies at the root of our modern expression, the activity to which our word hermeneutics refers is as old as the human practice of reflecting upon adequate methods of interpreting linguistic, pictorial and other forms of human expression and therefore is of course not limited to classical Greek culture and its rich heritage. Rather hermeneutical activities can be observed in all cultures wherever people reflect upon their ways of understanding. Nevertheless, in the Western tradition the term ‘hermeneutics’ cannot be studied without due regard to its Greek origins.

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Human Reason Christian Faith Literal Sense Christian Theology Interpretation Theory 
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© Werner G. Jeanrond 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Werner G. Jeanrond
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  1. 1.Trinity CollegeUniversity of DublinIreland

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