Define: Hermeneutics

Define: Hermeneutics




  1. hermeneutics plural in form but singular or plural in construction : the study of the methodological principles of interpretation (as of the Bible)
  2. a method or principle of interpretation 
• a philosophical hermeneutic


Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)


Define: Hermeneutics“Hermeneutics is the art and science of interpretation; biblical hermeneutics is the art and science of interpreting the Bible.” ~ D.A. Carson (“Must I Learn How To Interpret The Bible?”)

“We affirm that the Person and work of Jesus Christ are the central focus of the entire Bible.
We deny that any method of interpretation which rejects or obscures the Christ-centeredness of Scripture is correct.” ~ Chicago Statement on Biblical Hermeneutics (Article III)

“When we know how to properly interpret the Bible, the Scriptures impact our lives more quickly and more meaningfully.” ~ Ligonier (Hermeneutics)

“All of the sciences have rules and methods that govern how that science operates properly. Biblical interpretation is no different; there are rules that we must follow in order to understand the Scriptures rightly. The science of interpreting the Bible is called ‘hermeneutics.’” ~ Ligonier (Hermeneutics)

“A second crucial law of biblical hermeneutics is that a verse or passage must be interpreted historically, grammatically, and contextually.” ~ Got Questions? (“What is biblical hermeneutics?“)

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JI Packer: Hermeneutics and Biblical Authority

Tim Challies: Why the Bible Is Hard to Understand—and What You Can Do About It

John Samson: Four Principles of Hermeneutics

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