“ What does it Mean? ” Hermeneutics: The Science of Interpretation. David Moseley, Ph.D. Also Sprach Zarathustra Richard Strauss. What does the Bible Say…?.
David Moseley, Ph.D.
All Dimensions of our Experience are Subject to Interpretation
Music & Meaning
Born down in a dead man's townThe first kick I took was when I hit the groundYou end up like a dog that's been beat too muchTill you spend half your life just covering upBorn in the U.S.A.I was born in the U.S.A.I was born in the U.S.A.Born in the U.S.A.Got in a little hometown jam
So they put a rifle in my handSent me off to a foreign land
To go and kill the yellow manBorn in the U.S.A.I was born in the U.S.A.I was born in the U.S.A.Born in the U.S.A.
Follow her down to a bridge by a fountain,Where rocking horse people eat marshmallow pies.Everyone smiles as you drift past the flowers,That grow so incredibly high.Newspaper taxis appear on the shore,Waiting to take you away.Climb in the back with your head in the clouds,And you're gone.Lucy in the sky with diamonds…
Picture yourself on a train in a station,With plasticine porters with looking glass ties.Suddenly someone is there at the turnstile,The girl with kaleidoscope eyes.
Picture yourself in a boat on a river,With tangerine trees and marmalade skies.Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly,A girl with kaleidoscope eyes.Cellophane flowers of yellow and green,Towering over your head.Look for the girl with the sun in her eyes,And she's gone.Lucy in the sky with diamonds,Lucy in the sky with diamonds,Lucy in the sky with diamonds,Ah... Ah...
Interpreting the Bible
Interpreting the Bible
Pre-Modern Paradigm of
René Descartes (1596-1650)
“Cogito, Ergo Sum”
Modern Paradigm of
Immanuel Kant, What is Enlightenment? (1784)
I. Supernaturalism – Bible is Literal / Historical Truth = Fundamentalism
II. Naturalism – Bible Stories have “Natural” Explanations = Rationalism
Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768-1834)
“Hermeneutics” is the Science of Interpretation
Historical / Psychological
“Weltanschauung” - The framework of Ideas and Beliefs through which an Individual Interprets the World and Interacts in it
Text – Genre of Object of Study
Isegesis – Reading Into the Text
Pre-Text – Our Perspective
Context – Contemporary Setting of Text
Exegesis – Reading out of the Text
Reliability of Oral Tradition?
Bible = Biblia (Books)
Different Genres of Writing
Different Genres in Scripture:
A True Myth!
The Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity (1594)
I.Primary Revelation: The Self-Witness of God in History
II. Secondary Revelation: The Scriptural Witness
III. Tertiary Revelation: The Church’s Witness