Understanding The Bible
STUDY REFERENCE
Clarence E. Mason's "BIBLICAL INTRODUCTION"
Part IV
INTRODUCTION TO:  HERMENEUTICS

Dr. Clarence E. Mason, Jr.
Philadelphia College of Bible
circa
1970

I.    INTRODUCTION
    A.    Definitions
    B.    Importance of Hermeneutics

II.    QUALIFICATIONS OF AN INTERPRETER (M.S. Terry, Biblical Hermeneutics)
    A.    Intellectual
    B.    Educational
    C.    Informational
    D.    Spiritual

III.    A BRIEF HISTORY OF HERMENEUTICS
    A.    Jewish Exegesis
    B.    Christian Exegesis

IV.    FUNDAMENTAL AXIOMS UPON WHICH THE SCIENCE OF HERMENEUTICS RESTS
    A.    The true object of speech is the impartation of thought
    B.    Language is a reliable medium of communication
    C.    Usage determines the meaning of words
    D.    The function of a word depends upon its association with other words
    E.    The true object of interpretation is to apprehend the exact thought of the author
    F.    Truth must accord with truth; and statements of truth apparently discrepant can be harmonized if the facts are known
    G.    An assertion of truth necessarily excludes that to which it is essentially opposed and no more
    H.    One cannot interpret without understanding that which he interprets

V.    RULES OF GENERAL HERMENEUTICS
    A.    Law of grammatical construction
    B.    Law of context
    C.    Law of scope and design
    D.    Law of circumstances and customs
    E.    Law of analogy of faith
VI.    RULES OF SPECIAL HERMENEUTICS
    A.    Poetry (how to read and understand it)
    B.    Figurative language

 

 

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