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An Introduction to Classical Evangelical Hermeneutics : A Guide to the History and Practice of Biblical Interpretation [Paperback]

By Mal Couch (Author)
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Pages   376
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.99" Width: 6" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   1.14 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2000
Publisher   Kregel Academic & Professional
ISBN  0825423678  
EAN  9780825423673  

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Word...grammar...syntax...context--all of these elements form the basis for hermeneutics, the principles and practice of interpreting works of literature..Pieces of the interpretive puzzle take on unique significance, however, when the message under consideration is the revelation of God. How does a student of the Bible apply principles of interpretation with the skill and diligence of "a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15 NASB)? An Introduction To Classical Evangelical Hermeneutics offers a set of tools and guidelines for accurate interpretation and understanding of the Scriptures. Christians throughout history have been most "workmanlike" when using grammatical-historical principles, which take the words of the text to mean what language principles tell us they mean. The contributors to this work hold that grammatical-historical interpretation is most carefully followed when the interpreter is informed by premillennial, dispensational theology. Topics covered include: *A history of interpretation and the various hermeneutical traditions in Christian history *An examination of dispensational hermeneutics in the early church *The importance of the doctrine of inerrance in Bible interpretation *Understanding symbols and types in biblical prophecy

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Words...grammar...syntax...context--all of these elements form the basis for hermeneutics, the principles and practice of interpreting works of literature. Here is a set of written tools and guidelines for an accurate interpretation and understanding of Scripture. Topics covered include: A history of interpretation and the various hermeneutical traditions in Christian history; An examination of dispensational hermeneutics in the early church; The importance of the doctrine of inerrancy in Bible interpretation; and Understanding symbols and types in biblical prophecy.

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MAL COUCH is founder and the former president of Tyndale Theological Seminary and Biblical Institute in Fort Worth, Texas. He previously taught at Philadelphia College of the Bible, Moody Bible Institute, and Dallas Theological Seminary. Dr.Couch's others publications include a "A Bible Handbook to Revelation"and "Dictionary of Premillennial Theology, "and" Blessed Hope: The Autobiography of John F.Walvoord

Mal Couch currently resides in Fort Worth FT.Worth, in the state of Texas.

Mal Couch has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Twenty-First Century Biblical Commentary

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Dispensational Dogmatics  Apr 4, 2008
First, I must say that I am a professed dispensationalist and agree with most of the author's conclusions. But I must confess the impression that this was more a work of brainwashing and browbeating than a serious scholarly work. It does have some redeeming qualities, but with its inane rants and often poorly-argued assertions, the book does injustice to the quality exegetical work done by dispensationalists over the years. It gives good insight into the author's thoughts on dispensationalism, but should by no means be used as a general survey of evangelical hermeneutics.
Dispensational Propaganda  Mar 6, 2007
I was quite mislead by the title of the book. While it would appear that Couch intends to survey hermeneutical methods, he instead creates a defense of conservative dispensational hermeneutics. But he doesn't stop there, Couch goes as far as to imply that an allegorical hermeneutic not only is wrong, but also a large contributor to the decline of the Church as a whole. Couch's book is very well written, but ignores the valuable treasures which can be found outside of conservative dispensational hermeneutics. I would recomend this book for anyone seeking to better understand dispensationalists and what they believe as well as anyone looking for a defense for pre-trib and pre-mil views, but to anyone looking for an unbiased perspective I suggest that you continue searching
Great Book, Decent Read  Jun 29, 2006
I read this book in hopes that in my own personal quests to properly interpret scripture, that I would take the proper approach. If you're looking for a study on hermeneutics (biblical interpretation) that presents multiple angles for application, this is not the book for you. Though I found it helpful, the book sticks to its guns and defends its points as opposed to presenting multiple ideas and explaining each one. It was more of a thesis than a text book. It essentially spends the first few chapters defending the hermeneutic approach that it holds to through the book (literal, pre-tribulation rapture, dispensationalist), but it doesn't support any additional hermeneutic approach and kind of limits itself in that respect. The book as a whole is a bit scattered, but considering that it is a compilation of several other writings, it is surprisingly fluid. It is certainly a wealth of information on subjects such as dispensationalism, hermeneutics, eschatology, and church history. The spread of knowledge alone rends a good read, but the seamless argument that it presents is really the reason for such a good rating. In all reality, it probably wasn't as unbiased as it should of been, but Dr. Couch is very open about this and doesn't try to hide behind big words and scattered theology.
Interesting book - but diverges from the subject  Jun 27, 2006
First the good news. This book is well researched, written and presented. It is really a collection of journal articles and other writings that have been grafted together into a relatively cohesive whole. An upside of this is that the book can be 'dipped' quite easily as each chapter is fairly self-contained. It is also a recent book and contains up to date thoughts and research on this subject.
The books biggest strength is also potentially its weakness; it takes a strong, conservative, literal dispensational view of biblical interpretation. In one sense I can't complain in that I take the same view. However, in my opinion, for a book on hermeneutics (bible interpretation) it somewhat puts the cart before the horse. Essentially they define correct hermeneutics as a hermeneutic that results in a conservative dispensational view.
The early chapters do tackle hermeneutics and they make the statement that hermeneutics needs to be tackled with an open mind. However the vast bulk of the book is actually given over to a discussion of the progress of dispensationalism. There are also chapters on the interpretation of particular passages from the dispensational viewpoint. Essentially the message appears to be: tackle the bible with an open mind but then end up ... here ...
If this book were titled 'Dispensationalism and the Hermeneutics that Support It' I would probably have given it five stars.
But as a book upon Hermeneutics it is not, in my opinion, sufficently open minded.

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