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A Short Introduction to Hermeneutics

November 30, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

With some free time today, I was able to finish the above book by David Jasper.  It is a short book, only seven chapters and is basically a brief historical review of the reading and interpretation of the Bible.  He raises some relevant issues that I hope we get to discuss in my January class on Hermeneutics at Asbury Seminary.  

The last chapter was a discussion on postmodern hermeneutics and he notes the following, “It has even been recently suggested that the painter Rembrandt is the greatest biblicla critic ever to come out of the Netherlands.  But how do we ‘read’ a painting?” (128)  He suggests that reading a painting is closer to “what we have traditionally called meditation.”  Intriguing to me since I have been exposed to the use of art in some of my spiritual formation studies and have tried to use it with some groups.  Certainly, spending time gazing at Rembrandts, “The Prodigal Son,” is a valuable tool in helping us understand this great passage in the book of Luke.

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