Table of contents for The hermeneutical spiral : a comprehensive introduction to biblical interpretation / Grant R. Osborne.

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Hermeneutics and Intended Meaning 
Interpretation and the Problem of Distance
The Inspiration and Authority of Scripture 
Meaning Is Genre-Dependent 
The Simplicity and Clarity of Scripture
The Unity and Diversity of Scripture
The Analogy of Scripture 
The Place of the Reader in Interpretation
Expository Preaching 
Part I 	General Hermeneutics 
1 Context 
The Historical Context 
The Logical Context 
1. Studying the Whole: Charting a Book 
2. Studying the Parts: Diagramming the Paragraph 
Rhetorical or Compositional Pattern 
2 Grammar 
The Preliminary Task: Establishing the Text 
1. External Criteria 
2. Internal Criteria 
Grammatical Analysis of the Text 
1. The Historical Development
2. The Verb System 
3. The Noun System 
4. Prepositions, Particles and Clauses 
Exegetical Procedures 
3 Semantics 
Semantic Fallacies 
1. The Lexical Fallacy 
2. The Root Fallacy 
3. Misuse of Etymology 
4. Misuse of Subsequent Meaning
5. The One-Meaning Fallacy 
6. Misuse of Parallels
7. The Disjunctive Fallacy 
8. The Word Fallacy 
9. Ignoring the Context 
Basic Semantic Theory 
1. Meaning 
2. Sense and Reference 
3. Structural Linguistics 
4. Context 
5. Deep Structure 
6. Syntax and Semantics 
7. Semantic Range 
8. Connotative Meaning 
9. Semantic Field/Paradigmatic Research: Synonymity, Antonymity and Componential 
10. Ambiguity and Double Meaning 
Conclusion: A Methodology for Lexical Study 
4 Syntax 
Biblical Transformations 
Propositional Display of Philemon 4-7
Performative and Emotive Language 
Figures of Speech 
1. Figures of Comparison 
2. Figures of Addition or Fullness of Expression 
3. Incomplete Figures of Speech 
4. Figures Involving Contrast or Understatement 
5. Figures Centering on Association or Relation 
6. Figures Stressing the Personal Dimension 
Biblical Examples 
1. Zephaniah 3:14-17 
2. Ephesians 3:16-19 
Excursus on Transformational Grammar 
Excursus on Rhetorical Criticism
Excursus on the Inclusive-Language Debate
5 Historical and Cultural Backgrounds 
Areas for Research 
1. Geography 
2. Politics 
3. Economics 
4. Military and War 
5. Cultural Practices 
6. Religious Customs 
7. Summary 
Specific Sources for Background Material 
1. Old Testament Allusions 
2. Intertestamental Allusions 
3. Qumran Parallels 
4. Rabbinic Parallels 
5. Hellenistic Parallels 
6. Summary 
Sociology as a Tool for Interpreting Scripture 
Problems in the Sociological Approach 
1. Misuse of the Models 
2. Revisionism 
3. Tendency to Generalize 
4. The Paucity of the Data 
5. Tendency to Debunk the Systems 
6. Reductionism 
7. Theoretical Disarray 
8. Determinism 
Evaluation and Methodology 
Part 2 Genre Analysis 
6 Old Testament Law
The Uses of ????????in the Old Testament
Law Codes or Collections
Clean and Unclean
The Sacrificial System
The Old Testament and New Testament Saints
7 Narrative 
Interpreting Biblical Narrative
1. Source Criticism
2. Form Criticism
3. Redaction Criticism
The Methodology of Narrative Criticism 
1. Implied Author and Narrator 
2. Point of View, Ideology and Narrative World 
3. Narrative and Story Time 
4. Plot 
5. Characterization and Dialogue
6. Setting 
7. Implicit Commentary 
8. The Implied Reader 
9. Conclusion 
The Weaknesses of Narrative Criticism 
1. A Dehistoricizing Tendency 
2. Setting Aside the Author 
3. A Denial of Intended or Referential Meaning 
4. Reductionistic and Disjunctive Thinking 
5. The Imposition of Modern Literary Categories on Ancient Genres 
6. A Preoccupation with Obscure Theories 
7. Ignoring the Understanding of the Early Church 
8. Conclusion 
Methodological Principles for Studying Narrative Texts 
1. Structural Analysis 
2. Stylistic Analysis 
3. Redactional Analysis 
4. Exegetical Analysis 
5. Theological Analysis 
6. Contextualization 
7. Narrative Form and the Sermon 
8 Poetry 
The Structure of the Psalms
The Form of Hebrew Poetry 
1. Metrical Patterns 
2. Parallelism 
3. Poetic Language and Imagery 
Types of Poetry 
1. War Songs 
2. Love Songs 
3. Lament 
4. Hymns or Praise Songs 
5. Thanksgiving Hymns 
6. Songs of Celebration and Affirmation 
7. Wisdom and Didactic Psalms 
8. Imprecatory Psalms 
Poetry in the New Testament 
Theology in the Psalms 
Hermeneutical Principles 
9 Wisdom 
Characteristics of Wisdom 
1. A Practical Orientation 
2. Dependence on God 
3. Indirect Authority 
4. Creation Theology 
The Forms of Wisdom Literature 
1. The Proverb 
2. The Saying 
3. The Riddle 
4. The Admonition 
5. The Allegory 
6. Hymns and Prayers 
7. The Dialogue 
8. The Confession 
9. Onomastica 
10. Beatitudes 
Wisdom in the New Testament 
Hermeneutical Principles 
Excursus: The History of Wisdom Teaching 
10 Prophecy 
The Nature of the Prophetic Role 
1. The Call of the Prophet 
2. The Complex Role of the Prophet 
The Nature of the Prophetic Message 
1. Present and Future Interact 
2. The Revelatory State Differed 
3. The Forms of Prophetic Proclamation Vary 
Hermeneutical Principles 
11 Apocalyptic 
Formal Features and Characteristics 
1. The Formal Features 
2. Characteristics 
The Interpretation of Symbols 
Hermeneutical Principles 
Excursus: The Origins of Apocalyptic 
12 Parable 
The Meaning and Use of Parables 
The Purpose of Parables 
The Characteristics of Parables 
1. Earthiness 
2. Conciseness 
3. Major and Minor Points 
4. Repetition 
5. Conclusion at the End 
6. Listener-relatedness 
7. Reversal of Expectation 
8. Kingdom-centered Eschatology 
9. Kingdom Ethics 
10. God and Salvation in the Parables 
Hermeneutical Principles 
Excursus: The History of Interpretation 
13 Epistle 
Letter-Writing in the Ancient World 
New Testament Epistles 
1. The Form 
2. Authorship 
Hermeneutical Principles 
14 The Old Testament in the New Testament
The Canon and the Septuagint
Jewish Exegetical Patterns
1. The Targums
2. Midrash
3. The Pesher Interpretation at Qumran
Appropriation Techniques
1. Typology
2. Allegory
3. Reorienting the Text for New Meanings
A Method for Understanding the Use of the Old Testament in the New Testament
1. Original Meaning
2. Jewish Understanding
3. Meaning in Its New Testament Context
Tendencies in the Use of the Old Testament in the New Testament
1. Matthew
2. John
3. Acts
4. Paul
5. Hebrews
6. Revelation
Part 3 Applied Hermeneutics 
15 Biblical Theology 
Relationship to Other Disciplines 
1. Biblical Theology and Exegesis 
2. Biblical Theology and Historical Theology 
3. Biblical Theology and Systematic Theology 
4. Biblical Theology and Homiletical Theology 
Specific Problem Areas 
1. Unity and Diversity 
2. Tradition History 
3. Theology and Canon 
4. The Analogia Fidei and Progressive Revelation 
5. Authority 
6. History and Theology 
7. Language, Text and Meaning 
8. Old Testament and New Testament 
Toward a Methodology 
1. The Synthetic Method 
2. The Analytical Method 
3. The History of Religions Method 
4. Diachronic and Tradition-Critical Methods 
5. The Christological Method 
6. The Confessional Method 
7. The Narrative Method
8. The Multiplex Method 
9. The Problem of a Unifying Center 
16 Systematic Theology 
The Components of Theological Construction 
1. Scripture 
2. Tradition 
3. Community 
4. Experience 
5. Philosophy 
Issues in Theological Construction 
1. Inspiration/Revelation 
2. The Question of Metaphor 
3. Theological Models 
4. Tentativeness and Authority of Theological Assertions 
5. Theology as Contextualization 
6. Verification or Validation of Theological Assertions 
7. The Politics of Theological Decision Making 
8. The Postmodern Turn
9. Theological Method and Systematic Theology
Hermeneutical Principles 
17 Homiletics I: Contextualization 
Biblical Examples 
Current Issues 
Cultural and Supracultural Norms in Scripture 
Hermeneutical Model 
Principles for Determining Supracultural Content
A Method for Contextualization 
18 Homiletics II: The Sermon 
The Place of the Holy Spirit 
A Devotional Experience 
A Biblical Theology of Preaching
From Text to Sermon 
Principles for Determining Application 
Practical Methods for Applying a Text 
1. Focusing the Claims of the Truth 
2. Suggesting Ways and Means 
3. Persuasion and Motivation 
Level 1: Meaning/Interpretation 
Level 2: Interpretation/Relevance 
Level 3: Contextualization/Application 
Level 4: Preparing the Sermon 
Excursus on Preparing the Sermon 
Excursus on Style 
Appendix 1 The Problem of Meaning: The Issues 
The Problem of the Reader and the Text 
1. Author-centered Hermeneutics 
2. The Movement Away from Author-Text: Gadamer 
3. Structuralism 
4. Poststructuralism 
5. Reader-Response Criticism 
6. Deconstruction 
7. Conclusion 
Mediating Positions 
1. Paul Ricoeur 
2 Canon-Critical Approaches 
3. Wittgenstein and His Followers 
4. The Return of the Author: Betti, Hirsch, Juhl 
Appendix 2 The Problem of Meaning: Toward a Solution 
Meaning and Reference: The Contribution of Analytical Philosophy 
The Sociology of Knowledge, Paradigm Structure and Intentionality 
1. Sociology of Knowledge 
2. Paradigm Change and Paradigm Communities 
3. Intentionality 
4. Probability Theory 
5. Critical Realism
Propositional Truth and the Logic of Narrativity 
A Field Approach to Hermeneutics 
Subject Index 
Author Index 
Index to Scripture and Other Ancient Writings 

Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:

Bible -- Hermeneutics.