Text and Interpretation as Categories of Theological Thinking

By Werner G. Jeanrond

Translated by Thomas J. Wilson

Text and Interpretation as Categories of Theological Thinking

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  • ISBN: 9781597524360
  • Pages: 216
  • Publication Date: 10/21/2005
  • Retail Price: $27.00
Web Price: $21.60
Web Price: $21.60

Text and Interpretation as Categories of Theological Thinking

By Werner G. Jeanrond

Translated by Thomas J. Wilson

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  • ISBN: 9781597524360
  • Pages: 216
  • Publication Date: 10/21/2005
  • Retail Price: $27.00
Web Price: $21.60

About-

The aim of this book is to examine the dimensions of an adequate theological hermeneutics and thus to contribute to the present discussion of theological method.

One essential concern of theological thinking is the interpretation of texts, such as biblical writings, creeds, dogmas, prayers, etc. This book examines text and interpretation as the two categories of any adequate theory of interpretation. In the first chapter a new, three-dimensional theory of interpretation is developed in critical dialogue with the hermeneutical proposals of Hans-Georg Gadamer and Paul Ricoeur. The second chapter investigates the concept of "text." It examines essential features of the textuality of texts and of the process of reading. Focusing on the theological methodology of David Tracy, the third chapter assesses the hermeneutical character of theology and theology's particular contribution to human understanding.

The book may be used as a textbook in courses of systematic and philosophical theology, because it is written without presupposing any special knowledge of the particular topics discussed. It would be most valuable to courses in theological hermeneutics.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"This singular book advances both hermeneutics and theology. Neither discipline can ignore the importance of Werner Jeanrond's original work -- a major constructive accomplishment."
--David Tracy

"Werner Jeanrond is a highly promising young theologian, enjoying a thorough command not only of European but also of American theology. His book on the difficult subject of hermeneutics is of high quality, combining as it does intelligent thinking with understandable style -- a book which rightly deserves the critical attention of a wide theological readership."
--Hans Kung

"Contemporary trends in biblical studies are particularly concerned with questions of the reader and the nature of the text and the way in which we interact with these texts. I cannot think of any book in English that would meet the needs of people engaged in this discussion as well as Werner Jeanrond's."
--Sean Freyne

Contributors-

Werner G. Jeanrond
Thomas J. Wilson

Bio(s)-

Werner G. Jeanrond is also the author of 'Call and Response: The Challenge of Christian Life' (1995) and coeditor of 'God, Experience and Mystery' (2001).

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