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The Two Horizons: New Testament Hermeneutics and Philosophical Description [Paperback]

By Anthony C. Thiselton (Author)
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Pages   510
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 6.04" Height: 1.31"
Weight:   1.68 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 2, 1996
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802800068  
EAN  9780802800060  

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For advanced students of hermeneutics as well as philosophy, Anthony Thiselton's monumental The Two Horizons: New Testament Hermeneutics and Philosophical Description brings an exceedingly thorough and masterful grasp of the issues and literature to the table. Thiselton pays special attention to the work of Heidegger, Bultmann, Gadamer, and Wittgenstein. His thoroughness, fairness, and lucidity make this book the standard reference in the field. 484 pages, softcover, Eerdmans.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Anthony C. Thiselton is professor emeritus of Christian theology at the University of Nottingham, England. His many other books include The Hermeneutics of Doctrine, A Shorter Guide to the Holy Spirit, and two acclaimed commentaries on 1 Corinthians.

Anthony C. Thiselton has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Nottingham, UK.

Anthony C. Thiselton has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Discovering Biblical Texts (Dbt)
  2. New International Greek Testament Commentary

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A Milestone in Hermeneutics  Nov 15, 2006
This work is a milestone for the discipline of hermeneutics. Thiselton appeals to Heidegger, Bultmann, Gadamer, and the later Wittgenstein in mutually qualifying ways so as to, in effect, usher in a new paradigm for hermeneutics that has still not been appreciated. I know this to be the case because I did my PhD (The Grammar of Hermeneutics) on Thiselton's hermeneutical theory, and on The Two Horizons in particular, and Thiselton has commended my thesis.

If Gadamer transposes an over-abstract and over-totalising Hegelian philosophy of history into a more concrete hermeneutics of traditions, then he still requires correction from the later Wittgenstein in regards to a more properly extra-linguistic grounding for language in the particularities and continuities of historical speech-action. Gadamer also requires correction from Schleiermacher, Heidegger and Bultmann in relation to an adequate stress on a non-transcendental 'unique' human subject (Dasein), and in relation to the fact that tradition does not always filter out false prejudgments through effective history. Saussure and the tradition of general linguistics adds specificity in relation to Gadamer's notion of 'distancing', such that Gadamer's relative silence with respect to the actual practicalities of interpretation in relation to the historical particularity of the textual horizon is addressed. A final way in which Gadamer requires correction if we are to espouse a theological hermeneutic centres on - in Gadamer's own words - the historicity of the incarnation, the point at which Gadamer reckoned that he and Pannenberg parted company.

Thus, against what many critics have argued, Thiselton's title 'The Two Horizons' is as much of a criticism of Gadamer as it is an adoption of Gadamer's philosophy of understanding. Nor is Thiselton merely Pannenbergian, because of his appeals to Wittgenstein. Nor is Thiselton a mere follower of the New Hermeneutic, as James Barr erroneously argues. On the contrary, the opposite is the case. Thus, within theological hermeneutics, if Bultmann's dialogue with philosophy was not broad enough to solve the hermeneutical problem, then that of the New Hermeneutic was not broad enough either.

This is not at all to argue that such thinkers were 'narrowly read', but rather that their preunderstandings were prematurely fixed critically speaking such that insufficient of their vast philosophical reading was allowed to contribute positively to the critical filter against which such influences were judged. Thus, Thiselton is concerned to broaden philosophical and theological dialogue beyond that of the New Hermeneutic, which he does in no less than seven ways.

One of the main points that emerged from my study of The Two Horizons was that no single response in the literature had understood it adequately - a point that Thiselton acknowledged was the case. Whilst Thiselton's style is quite dense, it is well worth understanding The Two Horizons, since it is far more important than even those who regard it as a classic think it is. Only A.K.M. Adam has picked up on the fact that Thiselton's next major work, New Horizons in Hermeneutics, was written in part because Thiselton had seen himself as misunderstood in The Two Horizons. Alas, however, A.K.M. Adam also grossly misunderstands Thiselton as appealing to an idealist version of speech-act theory after Searle. Actually, Thiselton is as distant from this stance as Derrida who critiques Searle famously in Limited Inc abc. Where Thiselton and Derrida differ lies in what they replace stances still too dependent on idealist thought with. The difference lies in the relative importance of philosophies of history and philosophies of language. Ultimately, Derrida slips into historical dualism - a dualism that Thiselton overcomes. Of course, theoretical dualisms have been the thorn in the side of hermeneutical theory since Bultmann. To my knowledge, The Two Horizons is the first work to overcome the problem of dualisms. Its importance, therefore, is first rate.

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