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In this study, Jens Zimmermann aims to recount the history of Protestant hermeneutics while taking seriously some of the issues raised by contemporary critical thought. He begins by considering some of the basic principles of Protestant biblical interpretation from the Reformation era, focusing particularly on the work of Martin Luther and Matthias Flacius. In the second section, he offers an appraisal of postmodern philosophical thought and its secular nature. Zimmerman concludes that while there is some validity to the issues raised by contemporary philosophers, a Trinitarian approach offers a viable method for recovering a theory of interpretation that is both philosophically sound and theologically informed.
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Jens Zimmermann (Ph.D., University of British Columbia) is associate professor of English and Canadian Research Chair in Interpretation, Religion, and Culture at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia. He has presented and published numerous articles on the hermeneutics of Calvin, the Puritans, Spinoza, Schleiermacher, Gadamer, and Levinas.Review:
"Recovering Theological Hermeneutics is a wide-ranging work that offers impressive philosophical analyses and a number of astute theological judgments. It makes an importnat contribution to the crucial, ongoing debate about the nature of human understanding."
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