Definition of hermeneutics in English:


plural noun

usually treated as singular
  • The branch of knowledge that deals with interpretation, especially of the Bible or literary texts.

    ‘Reading biblical texts intertextually with a hermeneutics of other deconstructs the familiar and conventional.’
    • ‘Most of the chapters deal with hermeneutics, interpretation, or philosophy.’
    • ‘Critical of unnecessary obscurity and jargon of modernist discourse, post-modernism has created a paralleled obscurity of hermeneutics, deconstruction and textual nihilism.’
    • ‘The dominant paradigm today for textual hermeneutics is that interpretation of any work involves merging the horizons of the contemporary reader's world with the world projected by the text.’
    • ‘The study of literature and history has of course taken many different forms as different ideas about the ontology of the text, hermeneutics, history, culture, and epistemology have waxed and waned.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, what of his implied connection between the critical biblical scholarship of authorially-oriented hermeneutics and the hegemonic mediation of the Bible by the medieval Catholic church?’
    • ‘It does not require great skills in biblical theology and hermeneutics and exegesis to understand God's message concerning the depth, extent, and significance of the Flood.’
    • ‘Ward's reason is that sufficiency ‘is a good analytical tool for setting the classical doctrine of Scripture in dialogue with contemporary hermeneutics and literary theory.’’
    • ‘Part of the deal with hermeneutics, by the way, is that texts are not homogenous.’
    • ‘A gay man, he was known for his investigative work, delving into hermeneutics and literature, as well as giving seminars at Collège de France.’
    • ‘Analytical psychology can make no claim, therefore, to be an experimental science, any more than psychoanalysis: it is best classified as a branch of hermeneutics - the art of interpretation in the service of meaning.’
    • ‘From the time of Blackstone, legal history remained the province of lawyers, whose labours of love bore more relation to the apologetic hermeneutics of Bible scholars than to ‘historical method’.’
    • ‘Moreover, the playing field has been changed in the radical postmodern hermeneutic by the denial of an objective text, and by deconstruction and the hermeneutics of suspicion.’
    • ‘In literary studies, this is a contrast between poetics and hermeneutics.’
    • ‘Both postmodern hermeneutics and classical Jewish belief embody utmost significance in text and speech.’
    • ‘His degree theses were about contemporary hermeneutics and the hermeneutics of Matthew.’
    • ‘No theologian in the United States did more, though generally uncredited, to bring the biblical view of the ‘powers’ back onto the map of hermeneutics and theological ethics.’
    • ‘James Packer's essay on hermeneutics predates Anthony Thiselton's efforts to increase hermeneutical awareness among evangelicals.’
    • ‘The question, then, is not whether hermeneutics will adopt a theological framework, but what kind it will adopt.’
    • ‘His gambit is simple: that hermeneutics connects interpretation to ethics.’



/ˌhərməˈno͞odiks/ /ˌhərməˈnudɪks/