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The Hermeneutical Spiral: A Comprehensive Introduction to Biblical Interpretation

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  182 ratings  ·  22 reviews
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 horizo ...more
Paperback, 624 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by IVP Academic (first published May 1st 1997)
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Apr 08, 2013 Greg rated it 3 of 5 stars
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This is exactly what the subtitle says. It is very comprehensive, and extremely technical. It is Evangelical and oriented to a grammatical-historical approach to Bible, as opposed to the historical-critical approach popular in liberal Protestant and Catholic seminaries. Being Evangelical, it is outside the mainstream on some points (choosing minority positions over the majority that you would find in the literature, hence 3 stars), but overall a very good introduction (if not the best on the mar ...more
Marcus Privitt
Osborne seeks to produce a text that grammatically explores the words of Scripture. Focusing on the field of hermeneutical interpretation, he approaches theory of language, words, and communication.

At times the book seems dense and monotonous - I myself can only read about "grammar" for so many pages. I could rarely read more than 40, 50 pages in one sitting because of the density surrounding Osborne's thoughts and ideas communicated.

That being said, however, the book itself is organized, strai
Anyone who can write scholarly material without sounding like a pompous windbag is probably amazing. ;)

Osborne takes the scariness out of Biblical Interpretation and shows you how to do it well while shedding light on the many exegetical fallacies. But he doesn't stop there––he puts it in normal words with a 'you can do it, too!' tone.

This is an undergrad/seminary read, but is accessible for anyone interested in Biblical Interpretation. If I were wanting to learn 'more' about this area, this bo
This is an excellent introduction to exegesis and hermeneutics. It is deep and weighty. Not a light read. It covers everything. It answers questions raised by the New Hermeneutics. Osborne writes from an evangelical point of view. His most important consideration in exegesis is the text itself. This is an advanced book on hermeneutics. A good introductory book is Fee and Stewart's "How to Read the Bible For All It's Worth" or my "Getting the Most From the Bible." This book covers a whole range o ...more
Luke Todd
Not the most enjoyable read, but a very solid resource.
This is a hard book to read. It is very, very scholarly, part philosophy, part theology, part science. It is the type of book that will be dismissed by the casual reader because even the language used requires it to be read with a dictionary close at hand. But it will also be embraced by someone who is a serious student of Scripture and wants to improve their hermeneunic skills for a more complete understanding and more appropriate application of Biblical truth.
This is what it claims to be: a COMPREHENSIVE introduction to Biblical interpretation. If you haven't read several books or taken a few classes on the topic previously, it will be overwhelming. That said, he has some awesome charts that I'll be using with my students!
Mike Mullen
Apr 04, 2014 Mike Mullen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Pastors and preachers, beginning seminary students.
Recommended to Mike by: Christianity Today Magazine- Book of the Year
This is a well done survey of the hermeneutical issues facing the preacher in interpreting. It is well balanced yet conservative. The last chapters were a bit to brief in comparison with the rest of the book, yet were integrally linked to what was put forth before.
Sep 09, 2007 Karl rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
This is an excellent book, a literary look at the bible, from a Christian world view, in order to learn to better exegete the text and understand the actual meaning. As a professor he is amazing as well.
Hermeneutics is a discipline and an art to help you see what is really in the text. This is a workout for those who do hermeuntics on a regular basis.
I read part of this, and thought it was great - there were just other books I wanted to read MORE. I'll get back to this one someday.
OK not gonna read through this one either, but what little I have read leads me to believe it is a handy reference tool.
The ideal approach to hermeneutics. Oh to have the time to carry it out fully on every passage that I deal with!
John Hamstra
Yes, this is exactly what the title says it is... a comprehensive introduction
Jason Retherford
def. a comprehensive introduction to biblical interpretation!
Very informative but sometimes hard to read (lots of terminology).
A must for lit majors interested in biblical theory.
James Yee
A must have for seminary students.
Mayowa Adebiyi
Comprehensive indeed !
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