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Mark Chanski

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Recommended Reading:
Principles of Interpretation. Louis Berkhof. Published by Baker, 1952.
Interpreting the Bible. Mickelsen, Berkeley. Published by Eerdmans, 1989.
Protestant Biblical Interpretation. Ramm, Bernard. Published by Baker books, 1970.

I. Introduction:
(Ramm, pages 1-22; Berkhof, pages 11-13; Mickelsen, pages 3-19)

    a) definition; b) importance
    c) who is able to do sound hermeneutics?

II. The History of Hermeneutics:
(Ramm, pages 23-92; Berkhof, pages 14-39; Mickelsen, pages 20-53)

    Plus: early rabbinic exegesis; 1st century; 2nd; 3rd-5th centuries
    (medieval period - middle ages); the reformation period;
    post-reformation period (1500's-1700's);
    modern period, part 1 (1800's-1900's) (focus on errors)
     (1800's-1900's) (focus on errors)

  III. Foundational Presuppositions of Reformed Hermeneutics:  
(Ramm, Pages 93-113, 195-214; Berkhof, Pages 40-66; Mickelsen, Pages 80-98)

    a) creation endowed man with the ability to properly interpret God's Word
    b) the fall imposed upon man the necessity for the hermeneutical study God's Word
    c) redemption restores man's created ability to properly interpret God's Word
    d) inspiration provides man with an objective record of God's Word
    e) sound interpretation demands that men acknowledge
       the theanthropic nature of God's inscripturated Word

  Scripture is: 1) The Word of Men:  

  IV. Grammatical (Literal) Interpretation:  
(Ramm, pages 113-148; Berkhof, pages 67-112; Mickelsen, pages 99-113)

Considerations: original languages; individual Words (etymology: benefits and dangers).

    usage; context; LXX; synonyms; lexicography:
    a) individual languages
    b) individual words
    c) structural syntax
    d) five contexts
    a) the particular book; b) the particular author;
    c) the particular testament; d) the entire Bible; e) the literary genre (part 1)
    e) the literary genre (part 2)

  V. Historical/Cultural Interpretation:  
(Ramm, pages 149-162; Berkhof, pages 113-132; Mickelsen, pages 159-177)

    a) Introductory Explanation (end of Lecture 12)

    b) The preacher's task c) the specific elements
    d) the important tools e) thorny difficulties (begining)
    e) thorny difficulties (conclusion)
    f) six guidelines for distinguishing binding revelation, from non-binding cultural forms

  Scripture is: 2) The Word of God:  

  VI. Theological Interpretation:  
(Ramm, pages 163-184; Berkhof, pages 133-40, pages 157-66)

    Theological interpretation, Part 1a (end of lecture 14):
    a) general perspectives (begining)

    Theological interpretation, Part 1b:
    a) general perspectives (conclusion):

    Theological interpretation, Part 2a:
    necessity; its position; its justification; its unavoidability

     b) cardinal principles:
    propriety of logical inferences; unity of Biblical books; harmony of Biblical message
    the analogy of faith; the authority of a text; misc. issues

  VII. Special Hermeneutics:  

    a) Typology
      (Ramm, 215-240; Berkhof, 140-148; Mickelsen, 236-279)
    b) parables; c) prophesy
      (Ramm, pages 276-288; Mickelsen, pages 199-235) /
      (Ramm, 241-275; Berkhof, 148-157; Mickelsen, 280-305)