Understanding The Bible
Clarence E. Mason, Jr.
Philadelphia College of Bible
INTRODUCTION TO HERMENEUTICS
Hermeneutics is the science of interpretation. The term is derived from the Greek verb hermeneuo, which means to interpret or explain. The name of the Greek god Hermes (the messenger of the gods) comes from the same stem.
Exegesis is a term closely associated with Hermeneutics. While Hermeneutics indicates the theory of interpretation. Exegesis denotes the actual practice. Hermeneutics supplies the tools; Exegesis uses them.
Exposition is a term commonly used as a synonym of Exegesis.
General Hermeneutics embraces the entire science and lays the foundation of the true method of interpretation and establishes the general principles of all interpretation. (Weidner)
Hermeneutics seeks for rules and solutions applicable to the different
types of literature within the Scriptures.
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