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The Hermeneutical Spiral [Paperback]

Grant R. Osborne

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4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and practical. 13 May 2005
By George VANPOPTA - Published on
This book is aptly subtitled, for comprehensive it is! Osborne goes the length in this book from explaining how to study the Biblical text in its original language to advice on delivery of sermons.
A basic thesis he mentions a number of times throughout the book is that the goal of hermeneutics is not the commentary but the sermon. This textbook is very detailed and yet practical: almost everything he writes is aimed at how to write a relevant sermon for a congregation today.
Part one deals with General Hermeneutics. Here he addresses matters of context, grammar, semantics, syntax, and historical and cultural backgrounds.
In part two Osborne discusses extensively the different genre of the Bible which he divides as narrative, poetry, wisdom, prophecy, apocalyptic, parable, and epistle. A preacher will do well to consult the different chapters when preaching on a text of a particular genre.
In Part 3, the author deals with Applied Hermeneutics. He writes about the place of Biblical Theology and Systematic Theology in the interpretation of Scripture. The second to last chapter is about contextualization-showing a congregation today how the text is relevant for them. The book comes together in the last chapter, "The Sermon," in which Osborne gives both theoretical and practical instruction in preparing the sermon and preaching.
Osborne promotes what is often called the textual-thematic (also known as textual- reconstructive or expository) sermon. He does not, however, totally reject the topical sermon.
This is a very good book. It would serve well as a textbook for a seminary course on hermeneutics. Considering its size (500 pages of dense type), a minister in a busy pastorate might be a bit intimidated to take it on. But then, that's what sabbaticals are for!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It has helped me. 15 Feb 2011
By Beukeboom - Published on
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Other reviewers have described the content of the book better than I but I'd like to add some personal thoughts. First off, I am merely a Christian layman who is always looking to improve my Biblical study methods and with that in mind, this book does a very good job helping me. Hermeneutics sounds intimidating but it is just the theory and methodology of interpetation. In this case, interpretation of Biblical text. This book came highly recommended to me by several Christian scholars and I now realize why it comes so highly recommended. It not only is good as an introduction to Biblical hermeneutics for the layman like me, it is also good for the seminary student as well (in fact this book is used at many Christian seminaries). Don't be intimidated by the title. It is a wonderfully helpful textbook written in an easy-to-understand style and in a manner designed to teach.

If you are one who wishes to improve one's Bible studies, this is definitely a book to read as an aid.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Provides a Solid Foundation for Biblical Interpretation 28 Mar 2009
By anothernameinthehat - Published on
The size of the book may seem daunting to many (500+ pages), but the knowledge contained within will be worth your time if you are considering to properly study the Bible. This book pretty much covers the wide range of subjects necessary to properly interpret the biblical texts. It doesn't address each of these subjects in extensive details, but it does provide a solid foundation for further investigation. Most of the material contained within the book can be very dry - like any other textbook or instruction manual, but it is invaluable for properly studying the Bible. I would recommend reading the book straight through the first time, and then put it on your shelf as a handy reference tool.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Hermeneutical Spiral 31 Dec 2011
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The Hermeneutical Spiral strives to present a comprehensive look at the individual aspects of Bible interpretation and carries the reader from initial reading of Scriptural passages, thru specific hermeneutical considerations, and ends in methods of exegesis and application of homiletics. Much appreciated is the meta-analysis style that Osborne uses to present a well rounded view of the process and the obvious high regard he has for the authority of the Scriptures. I often wonder at what level of education this book was originally intended since I have had to bookmark a dictionary on my smart phone, but the process of discovery has been highly enjoyable.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for someone with some knowledge of Hermeneutics already 26 Aug 2013
By P. Sigmund - Published on
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Very well written, exceedingly helpful, but this is not an introductory study. But if you already have a beginning knowledge of Hermeneutics, this will help you progress and lead you to a deeper look at the whole field.
Phil S.
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