The Hermeneutical Spiral: A Comprehensive Introduction to Biblical Interpretation, By Grant R. Osborne

The Hermeneutical Spiral

A Comprehensive Introduction to Biblical Interpretation

Revised and Expanded Edition

by Grant R. Osborne

The Hermeneutical Spiral
  • Length: 624 pages
  • Dimensions: 6 × 9 in
  • Published: December 04, 2006
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 2826
  • ISBN: 9780830828265

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Christianity Today Critics' Choice Award

In this newly revised and expanded edition, Grant Osborne provides seminary students and working pastors with the full set of tools they need to move from sound exegesis to the development of biblical and systematic theologies and to the preparation of sound, biblical sermons.

Osborne contends that hermeneutics is a spiral from text to context--a movement between the horizon of the text and the horizon of the reader that spirals nearer and nearer toward the intended meaning of the text and its significance for today.

Well-established as the standard evangelical work in the field since its first publication in 1991, The Hermeneutical Spiral has been updated to meet the needs of a new generation of students and pastors. General revisions have been made throughout, new chapters have been added on Old Testament law and the use of the Old Testament in the New, and the bibliography has been thoroughly updated.

A 1993 Christianity Today Critics' Choice Award winner in theology and biblical studies.

Postmodernism and its common denial of any objective meaning is a major challenge to the church. This is a resource for that battle.

PJC for Liturgy, Hymnody, Pulpit Quarterly Book Review, Christmastide 2007



Part 1. General Hermeneutics
1. Context
2. Grammar
3. Semantics
4. Syntax
5. Historical and Cultural Backgrounds

Part 2. Genre Analysis
6. Old Testament Law
7. Narrative
8. Poetry
9. Wisdom
10. Prophecy
11. Apocalyptic
12. Parable
13. Epistle
14. The Old Testament in the New

Part 3. Applied Hermeneutics
15. Biblical Theology
16. Systematic Theology
17. Homiletics I: Contextualization
18. Homiletics II: The Sermon

Appendix 1: The Problem of Meaning: The Issues
Appendix 2: The Problem of Meaning: Toward a Solution

Subject Index
Author Index
Index to Scripture and Other Ancient Writings


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Grant R. Osborne

Grant R. Osborne (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and serves as series editor for The IVP New Testament Commentary Series. He is the author of several books, including commentaries on Revelation, John and Matthew.