Posted on: 09/18/06:
The Purpose of This Work
Augustine was not familiar with hermeneutics as it is explained and known today. Even though he was unfamiliar with theological frameworks and cogent interpretive systems, he yet is recognized as setting the groundwork for evangelical hermeneutics. This work is not an attempt to evaluate or formulate an Augustinian hermeneutic, or a way to interpret the Bible following in the footsteps of Augustine. The term “Augustinian hermeneutics” if stated to describe this work would not resemble a defined and coherent hermeneutic system or even a rounded and methodical approach to biblical interpretation. “Augustinian hermeneutics”, if applied to this work, could be seen as the fusing of an Augustinian view about God, authorial intention and meaning. Hence, the term “Augustinian hermeneutics” would need to be greatly qualified if applied to this work. This work is better viewed as an evaluation of Augustine’s thoughts about God, authorial intention and meaning in relation to one another.
Posted on: 09/12/06:
I will begin an intermittent series which delves into Augustine’s approach to interpretation which in large portion is the foundation of the evangelical hermeneutic today. Begin by reading the preface below.