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Hermeneutics: Principles and Processes of Biblical Interpretation
Virkler, Henry A. and Karelynne Gerber Ayayo

Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2007 pp. 256.2nd Edition. $19.99

Description: In this accessible textbook, Henry Virkler and Karelynne Ayayo combine hermeneutical theory with practical steps for exegesis. The authors outline a five-step hermeneutical procedure that includes: (1) historical-cultural and contextual analysis, (2) lexical-syntactical analysis, (3) theological analysis, (4) genre identification and analysis, and (5) application. The key distinctive of the book is its emphasis on practical steps of Bible study. Instead of giving readers long lists of rules they need to memorize, this book walks them through a simple step-by-step process that they can integrate into all future study of the Bible. The popular first edition has been translated into eight languages and has been used in a variety of settings. The second edition adds co-author Karelynne Ayayo and includes updated material covering developments in hermeneutics over the past twenty years. In addition, an Instructors Resource CD containing teaching suggestions, PowerPoint slides, suggested answers to exercises, and supplementary handouts is available to instructors.

Subjects: Methods, Literary Approaches, Hermeneutics

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Review by Oda Wischmeyer
Published 3/14/2009
Citation: Oda Wischmeyer, review of Henry A. Virkler and Karelynne Gerber Ayayo, Hermeneutics: Principles and Processes of Biblical Interpretation, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2009).

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