"Seemingly opposed views within the authoritative
deposit of the text can often be reconciled by observing the development of a
thought throughout the works of the author in question, by the establishment of
the best texts, and by the application of hermeneutical dialectic." - Peter
Exegesis is synonymous with
hermeneutics. Hermeneutics may be described as
the development and study of theories
of the interpretation and
understanding of texts.
In contemporary usage in religious studies,
hermeneutics refers to the study of the
Hermeneutics is more broadly used in contemporary
philosophy to denote the study of theories and methods of the
all texts and systems of meaning.
The concept of "text" is here
extended beyond written documents to any number of
conceptual constructs subject to
A hermeneutic is defined as a specific system or method
or a specific theory of interpretation.
In essence hermeneutics involves cultivating the ability to understand
things from somebody else's point of view, to put oneself in another's shoes,
to empathize and to appreciate the cultural and social forces that may have
influenced their perspective.
Hermeneutics is the process of applying
this understanding to interpreting the
meaning of written texts and symbolic
artifacts (such as art or sculpture or architecture), which may be either
historic or contemporary.
Hermeneutic Circle The Hermeneutic Circle describes the process of understanding a
The Hermeneutic Circle refers to the idea that
one's understanding of the text as a whole is established by reference to the
individual parts and one's understanding of each individual part by reference
to the whole.
Neither the whole text nor any individual part can be
understood without reference to one another, and hence, it is a circle.
However, this circular character of
not make it impossible to
interpret a text;
rather, it stresses that the
meaning of a text must be found within its cultural, historical, and literary
A common use of the
word hermeneutics refers to a process of scriptural interpretation.
Throughout religious history scholars and
students of religious texts have sought to mine the wealth of their meanings by
developing a variety of different systems of hermeneutics.
Philosophical hermeneutics in
particular can be seen as a development of scriptural hermeneutics, providing a
theoretical backing for various
scriptural hermeneutics can be seen as mutually reinforcing
Collapsing Hermeneutic Circle Hermeneutics as a general science of text
be traced back to two sources.
One source was the ancient Greek
rhetoricians' study of literature, which came
to fruition in Alexandria.
The other source has been the
Midrashic and Patristic traditions of Biblical exegesis, which were
contemporary with Hellenistic
Scholars in antiquity expected a text to be
coherent, consistent in grammar, style and outlook, and they amended obscure or
"decadent" readings to comply with their codified rules. By extending the
inherent logic of texts, Greeks
were able to attribute works of uncertain origin.
Exegesis (from the Greek - 'to lead
out') involves an extensive and critical
interpretation of an
authoritative text, especially of a holy
scripture or sacred text, such as
of the Old and
New Testaments of the
Bible, the Talmud, the
Exegesis of sacred
scripture in Christianity "reveals" how the Holy Spirit inspired the authors of
the scriptural texts to pen divine revelations.
Exegesis also is used for the
philosophical and legal texts.
Hermeneutic passions are the desires to know another and be known by
them - to create fellowship. By empathetically entering into a text - in a
living interpretation of a text - the reader both appreciates the text as
written and relates the text to his/her own personal experiences.
Unstable Hermeneutic Circle
"Hermeneutical understanding can be described as
follows: first of all we have to understand and be guided by understanding,
while the understanding sphere is not limited to science. Other disciplines,
which do not belong to science but are essential in comprehending, should also
be involved. Distance is a domain of such "understanding". In result
objectivity can appear only when methods of investigations and measurements
have been devised." - Marcin Furman, Akademia Pomorska, Slupsku
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