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  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; 1st ed edition (4 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664227511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664227517
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.9 x 21.6 cm
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"An excellent primer. Based on solid scholarship and balanced judgment, written in a clear, easily accessible style, this textbook offers a superb introduction to complex issues of interpretation all the way from biblical and rabbinic texts to post-modern texts, religious as well as others. Jasper has put every teacher in debt--as well as every reader!"

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David Jasper is Professor in Literature and Theology at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. He is coeditor of Religion and Literature and coauthor of The Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology.


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Some of the world's finest and most important texts can also be scattered with nuances and ambiguities that challenge our powers of interpretation. The Christian bible may well be the ultimate example of this. Jasper guides aspiring bible readers into a new relationship with scripture that it's treasures might be revealed to a new generation. This was a set text on my Hermeneutics module and as a novice in this area I found it immensely helpful.
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This is the best book I have every read for years! If you are interested in "meaning" you will be come aware that it depends on "interpretation", and "interpretation" of something, a historical event, a sacred text, a work of art, develops as centuries go by. This very extremely economical small paperback by David Jasper, Professor in Literature and Theology at the University of Glasgow (whom I will love to meet one day!).This is a concise and clear exposition of the subject bringing up to date through a series short, superb and clearly written chapters each ending up with a summary and Activities-Questions and, at the end, it includes post-modernism theories!. Anybody doing an BA, an MA, or PhD and wishes to have the most perfect introduction on the subject of the theory of interpretation (or hermeneutics) is will find this 150 small pages book not only informative but extremely inspiring, published 9 years ago in 2004, I was upset that nobody had told me about it before! (I wish David Japer could write one on Axiology (theory of values). This book is superb! Dr Guillem Ramos-Poquí MA(RCA) PhD (Fine Art Painting)
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Exactly what i was looking for to give a broad, thoughtful and easily accessible background to the history of hermeneutics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction to Hermeneutics 18 Feb. 2016
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In A Short Introduction to Hermeneutics, the author, David Jasper lays the foundation for knowledge and inspiration: the book came out of years of classroom teaching. That much is clear in this book. David Jasper is Professor in Literature and Theology at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. He is coeditor of Religion and Literature and coauthor of The Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology.
Hermeneutics is not a term many use in daily parlance but is useful in describing our understanding of the nature of texts and how we interpret and use them especially with respect to the Bible. David Jasper, in this book, provides a wealth of information on the evolution of scriptural interpretation throughout history. This includes the different styles of interpretation (literal, allegorical), and the different approaches that have been taken throughout the early church to understand the scriptures.
David reflects on the influence different cultures have had on how we understand the scriptures including the biases these cultures such as Egyptian, philosophy influenced versus traditional Jewish Hebrew based cultures. The author also brings to bear some of the great minds that have influenced ancient text, biblical and classical literature interpretation. Since some of the references David Jasper uses may not be widely known to those being introduced to Hermeneutics, this book can be a bit intimidating and weighted in reading.
In this book, the author sets out to present his thoughts in an upfront and honest way including reflecting on many of the interpretive issues that arise when studying the Bible. He does not conceal his conclusions nor does he attempt to reflect an overtly spiritual or orthodox disposition. The author is clear at the beginning of the book: the book does not provide all of the answers. The book does however reflect the different ranges of discipline including historical, literary, philosophy, theology and more and the challenges and influences each discipline brings into studying ancient and sacred texts. However, the author does have a heavy bias towards German influencers.
The book is divided into 7 chapters. Each chapter ends with a summary of the major themes of the chapter and a section dedicated to activities and questions to reinforce the chapter’s themes. The format of the book chapters start with a foundational introduction on Hermeneutics, faith and suspicion when reading sacred texts, reading and writing and the hermeneutic circle.

This book is a good first start.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A short but rather complicated introduction to Hermeneutics 1 Feb. 2016
By John P. Henderson, Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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I have rated this book with three stars, only because it is intimidating to me at this point. As a seminary student, this is one of the required books for this course. It is intimidating because it is a new subject to me. I have read through the book one time and do not feel comfortable, at this point, to even be intelligently conversant on the subject of hermeneutics. This is not a book you would pick up for light reading; not something for the average church-attending person would want to study. As required reading, however, the book has five questions at the end of its seven chapters that will be of great assistance in "studying" this book. It appears to have the potential to aid me in my quest to better understand the Bible. I look forward to completing this course because I anticipate an enhanced ability to read and study Scripture.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to grasp the concept 5 Oct. 2016
By Matt Nappier - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a text book that was used in my college level class on Hermeneutics, but this could easily be read by anyone that is wanting to grasp a better understanding of Biblical interpretation and study.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A huge subject well introduced 9 Feb. 2013
By Patricia Harvey - Published on Amazon.com
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I found Jasper's introduction opened the world of hermeneutics up for me; then sent me scurrying off to the suggested route for further study. A set text for us, and thank goodness for a well written, easily read book. However, it is very "thick" reading - every word matters! Take your time and embrace it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brief Overview 17 Aug. 2013
By Kent P. Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
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For someone who has little experience with hermeneutics, this is the book. It is written to be understood. Very brief, general overview.
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