Definition of Hermeneutics

1. Noun. The branch of theology that deals with principles of exegesis.

Generic synonyms: Divinity, Theology

Definition of Hermeneutics

1. n. The science of interpretation and explanation; exegesis; esp., that branch of theology which defines the laws whereby the meaning of the Scriptures is to be ascertained.

Definition of Hermeneutics

1. Noun. The study or theory of the methodical interpretation of text, especially holy texts. ¹

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Definition of Hermeneutics

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Medical Definition of Hermeneutics

1. The science of interpretation and explanation; exegesis; especially, that branch of theology which defines the laws whereby the meaning of the Scriptures is to be ascertained. Origin: Gr. (sc). Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hermeneutics

hermeneutic circle
hermeneutics (current term)
hermetic seal
hermetic seals
hermetically sealed

Literary usage of Hermeneutics

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1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"hermeneutics does not supply a deficiency of natural ability, ... Secondly, of itself hermeneutics does not investigate the objective truth of a writer's ..."

2. The New Englander by William Lathrop Kingsley (1879)
"IMMER'S hermeneutics.*—A good book on New Testament hermeneutics is a thing to be welcomed at all times, and especially at present. The energy of scholars, ..."

3. A Compendium of Christian Theology: Being Analytical Outlines of a Course of by William Burt Pope (1889)
"hermeneutics. There is a distinct science of hermeneutics: that is, of the principles which are applied in Exegesis, the exposition and interpretation of ..."

4. Conceptions of Social Inquiry by J. J. Snyman (1993)
"This train of thought has occasioned various critiques of Gadamer's hermeneutics. Paul Ricoeur's hermeneutics will be discussed next because he explicitly ..."

5. New Englander and Yale Review by Edward Royall Tyler, William Lathrop Kingsley, George Park Fisher, Timothy Dwight (1879)
"But, while so much has thus been accomplished, we have had little in our language in the way of treatises on the science of hermeneutics. ..."

6. The Quarterly Review of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South by Methodist Episcopal Church, South (1852)
"hermeneutics assumes their correctness, and seeks to ascertain the exact import of '- the words which the Holy Ghost teacheth." Systems of interpretation ..."

7. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1908)
"In 1884 he accepted a call to Münster as professor of New Testament exegesis and Biblical hermeneutics, and two years later returned in the same capacity to ..."

8. The Journal of English and Germanic Philology by Ill.) University of Illinois (Urbana (1918)
"NOTES ON THE HISTORY AND PRINCIPLES OF hermeneutics INTRODUCTORY One of the essential functions of the ..."

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