Hermeneutics - DB task 3 Q1

Hermeneutics - DB task 3 Q1 - Offer a definition of the...

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Offer a definition of the terms "presuppositions/foundational beliefs" and "preunderstandings." According to the Oxford dictionary, presuppositions is “a thing tacitly assumed beforehand at the beginning of a line of argument or course of action.” 1 Within the biblical interpretation sphere, Kaiser and Silva make the definition clear when saying that, “Interpreters do not arrive at the task of interpreting as if they were persons with no previous baggage mentally, spiritually, or socially.” 2 As far as foundational goes, the Oxford dictionary defines as “denoting an underlying basis or principle; fundamental.” 3 Therefore, for Duval and Hays foundational beliefs “have to do with how we view the entire Bible and serve as a starting point on which to build our method of study.” 4 Finally, preunderstandings has to do with a pre comprehension of something, even before start studying it. Duval and Hays help us to understand this concept when saying that “Preunderstanding refers to all of our preconceived notions and understandings that we bring to the text, which have been formulated, both consciously and subconsciously, before we actually study the text in detail.” 5 ________________________________________ 1 Oxford Dictionaries, s.v. “presuppositions,” accessed May 22, 2017, . 2 Kaiser Jr, Walter C. and Moisés Silva. Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics. The search for meaning. (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2007), 76. 3 Oxford Dictionaries, s.v. “foundational,” accessed May 22, 2017, . 4 Duvall, Scott J and J. Daniel Hays. Grasping God’s Word. A hands-on approach to reading, interpreting, and applying the Bible. (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2012), 133. 5 Ibid, 126. 1
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How can we test these things to see if they are adequate or appropriate?
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