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Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics

Foundations and Principles of Evangelical Biblical Interpretation

By Graeme Goldsworthy

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"The focus of Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics is not word studies but Word study: a sustained reflection on the priority and centrality of the good news concerning Jesus Christ as the distinct way that Scripture interprets Scripture and, indeed, all of reality. Goldsworthy's attention to the role of biblical theology in biblical interpretation is particularly welcome, providing a refreshing contrast to what often gets produced by the contemporary hermeneutics industry. And by highlighting the gospel of Jesus Christ, he puts the evangel back into evangelical hermeneutics."

—Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

"Graeme Goldsworthy is widely known as a master interpreter of biblical texts. In particular, his studies have enriched the thought of many students of the Bible and informed the sermons of countless ministers. How wonderful that Goldsworthy now guides us in a study of how to read the Bible. His readers will be rewarded with a deeper understanding of the gospel-centered nature of Scripture."

—Tremper Longman, Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College

"Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics by Graeme Goldsworthy is a fresh and insightful contribution to the expanding field of hermeneutics. Goldsworthy's work skillfully focuses this work around a clarion call to gospel-centered faithfulness, while demonstrating the breadth of related issues in the areas of biblical interpretation, church history, philosophy and theology. The book is to be commended for its illuminating clarity, its wide scope and its practical presentation. Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics will certainly become a most reliable resource for students, teachers and preachers for years to come. I enthusiastically recommend it."

—David S. Dockery, president, Union University

"Goldsworthy recognizes that, for followers of Christ, the Bible simply is not like any other book. Accordingly, in these erudite and seasoned reflections on a biblical hermeneutics grounded and centered in Christ, he maps the discipline as it has been and is--and, based on his evangelical commitments, how it must become. Here is practical wisdom for any would-be interpreter of Christian Scripture."

—Joel Green, professor of New Testament interpretation, Asbury Theological Seminary

"Not a book best handled with casual reading. Rather, it is the type of book that must be approached with a certain level of hermeneutical angst and a willingness to perceive one's own hermeneutical shortcomings. It is also the type of book that should be read more than once, perhaps annually for a decade or so."

—Miles Van Pelt, Reformed Theological Seminary

"This book was written to be a textbook, and will make a good one. It almost shouts 'I'm a ready-made syllabus!'"

—Rich Ritchie, Modern Reformation, May/June 2007

"Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics is a clarion call for those who believe that the Bible is the word of God to interpret it like it is the word of God. It is chock full of insights useful to any thoughtful believer who wants to be able to read his or her Bible Christianly. Goldsworthy is to be particularly commended for his clear demonstration that a robust and believing biblical theology provides a solid foundation for knowing how to approach the Bible."

—Mark Traphagen, http://foolishsage.com/2007/03/09/1050/#more-1050

"Goldsworthy articulates how we should interpret the whole Bible in light of the gospel. This is a readable book that is concerned first and foremost with the pastoral situation."

—Preaching.com, Bible and Reference Survey 2007

"One of the more significant books of the year."

Preaching, November/December 2007

"The book is stellar in focusing on Christ as the hermeneutic of Scripture and reality. . . . It is a challenging and worthwhile read for the serious student."

—Doug Smith, SharperIron, February 20, 2008

"This book is clearly written by an evangelical for evangelicals. Goldsworthy does present some helpful and balanced suggestions for hermeneutics, particularly when he writes of the need to do hermeneutics in the context of biblical theology as a whole."

—Wilburn T. Stanch, Catholic Book Reviews, January 2008

"Amongst a spate of hermeneutics books, why should this one receive special consideration by readers interested in the subject? The first reason is the author. Graeme Goldsworthy has contributed numerous years in the classroom and multiple volumes in print to help the world understand the Bible better. The second reason why this book should receive special attention is because it offers so very clearly a general hermeneutics textbook from a well hones "gospel-centered" approach. His summaries, bullet points, and analyses make this quite a usable text and a welcome contribution."

—Matthew Cook, Evangelical Review of Theology, July 2008

"Goldsworthy demonstrates the need for a robust biblical theological method that exalts Jesus, which is exactly what his book does."

—Andrew David Naselli, JETS: Old Testament, June 2008

"The message is a potent call to evangelicals to be evangelical in their hermeneutics. Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics will prove a useful tool for Bible students and pastors."

—Michael J. Thate, Bulletin for Biblical Research, Vol. 19.1, 2009

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