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Is There a Meaning in This Text? [Hardcover]

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Pages   496
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.28" Width: 6.36" Height: 1.51"
Weight:   1.75 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 31, 1998
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310211565  
EAN  9780310211563  
UPC  025986211561  

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Written by a brilliant young author, this book develops an evangelical theological hermeneutic that sees meaning in the text of Scripture.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kevin J. Vanhoozer (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is research professor of systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of several books, including Is There a Meaning in This Text?

Craig G. Bartholomew (Ph.D., University of Bristol) holds the H. Evan Runner Chair in Philosophy at Redeemer University College in Ontario. He is the coauthor of The Drama of Scripture.

Daniel J. Treier (Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is Blanchard Professor of Theology at Wheaton College.

N. T. Wright (D.Phil., University of Oxford) is bishop of Durham and author of over forty books, including Jesus and the Victory of God, The Resurrection of the Son of God, and a popular series of guides to the New Testament.

Kevin J. Vanhoozer has an academic affiliation as follows - Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Teds).

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enlightening  Nov 30, -0001
Vanhoozer's objectivity in explaining, in plain language, the various, often confusing concepts that confront anyone trying to understand hermeneutic theory is refreshing. I was impressed that Vanhoozer didn't set out to discredit theories with which he didn't agree, but instead explained them rationally and in the end presented his own opposing view(s). His patience with deconstruction theory is impressive. I would recommend this book to any , who like me, appreciate a civil discussion of a controversial topic.
Circular Reasoning  Nov 30, -0001
Vanhoozer acknowledges the critiques that postmodern continential philosophy offers with respect towards interpreting texts. Yet, the solution that Vanhoozer claims to work, is the solution that postmodern continential philosophy rejects. While it's popular in religion and literature departments to take deconstruction seriously, especially Derrida, in the philosophy departments Derrida is ignored. This is because he is incoherant and self-refuting. Derrida reads like a poorly written philosophy paper. Philosophers have the goal of clearly communicating their ideas; Derrida obfuscates his ideas. The fact that Vanhoozer has choosen to take the criticisms of Derrida seriously is a shame. It would have been better for Vanhoozer to have looked at contemporary philosophy of language and linguistics to seek help for biblical hermeneutics. If Vanhoozer were more familiar with contemporary philosophy of language he would realize that speech-act theory has gone the way of logical positivism. Grice showed that speech-act theory does not work, because words have a meaning apart from use. Regardless of the context or use of the words, there is a still a conventional meaning of a word.
Massive, Comprehensive, and Erudite  Nov 30, -0001
Vanhoozer has written the definitive evangelical response to postmodern literary theory. In this book, which is about 500 pages of small print, Vanhoozer analyzes the deconstruction of the author, the text, and the reader, and then provides a Christian reconstruction of the three centered around an Augustinian hermeneutic of charity and recognition of God as ultimate author.

Vanhoozer is no slouch when it comes to linguistics, philosophy, literary theory, and their intersection in postmodern hermeneutics. He recruits the insights of Searle, Austin, Ricoeur, Gadamer, Hirsch, and yes, even Derrida, in his examination of the present confusion. Best of all, he shows remarkable skill in packing all this esoterica into readable and understandable prose.

A Thorough and Thoughtful Work on the Core of Postmodernity  Nov 30, -0001
This book is not for the fainthearted, but for any thinking person who is tired of under-researched caricatures of the literary theories associated with postmodernity, this is the book to read. Vanhoozer's book is exhaustive in its scope and incisive in its interpretations; he writes for people who are not content with simplistic treatments of what are serious issues. Few are as conversant with the relevant literature as Vanhoozer, and he writes as an expert in the field, not an outsider. His critiques are balanced and careful, and his constructive suggestions for Christian responses to current trends are brilliant. Any teacher or pastor who wants a thorough examination of the literary foundations of postmodernity must read this book. Ultimately, it will help you to reach out to our confused generation more sympathetically and effectively.

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