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 (hûr′mə-no͞o′tĭks, -nyo͞o′-)
n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
The theory and methodology of interpretation, especially of scriptural text.

her′me·neu′tist n.


n (functioning as singular)
1. (Bible) the science of interpretation, esp of Scripture
2. (Theology) the branch of theology that deals with the principles and methodology of exegesis
3. (Philosophy) philosophy
a. the study and interpretation of human behaviour and social institutions
b. (in existentialist thought) discussion of the purpose of life
[C18: from Greek hermēneutikos expert in interpretation, from hermēneuein to interpret, from hermēneus interpreter, of uncertain origin]


(ˌhɜr məˈnu tɪks, -ˈnyu-)

n. (used with a sing. v.)
1. the art or science of interpretation, esp. of the Scriptures.
2. the branch of theology that deals with the principles of Biblical exegesis.


the science of interpretation and explanation, especially the branch of theology that deals with the general principles of Biblical interpretation. — hermeneut, hermeneutist, n.
See also: Bible


The study of the way in which we interpret and attempt to understand phenomena such as texts, works of art, actions, and gestures. Although originally part of philosophy, hermeneutics has had an important influence on sociology.
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Noun1.hermeneutics - the branch of theology that deals with principles of exegesis
theology, divinity - the rational and systematic study of religion and its influences and of the nature of religious truth
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But more than exegesis is at stake for Hustwit, which is why the book is as refreshing as it is rewarding: by its conclusion, Hustwit's own conception of "fallibilist hermeneutics" emerges as a serious contender--as a genuinely live option--for those who want not merely to rehash what others have already had to say about the relationship between hermeneutics and philosophy, but for those who actually want to do some thinking of their own by putting those results to work.
Don't get me wrong, I love the benefits that the hermeneutics of suspicion have brought us by raising awareness of things like patriarchy in the cultures in which the Bible was written.
Revising our scriptural hermeneutics toward other religions, then, is imperative, because it would be ethically injurious not to do so.
Hermeneutics explains how we read and interpret texts, especially texts that come from a place and time different from our own.
Of course, like any interpretive approach to a complex text, hermeneutics does not explain all facets of the novel.
Perhaps most importantly, this ambiguity challenges readers accustomed to comfort with the experience of tensions and struggle that shape the work of redemption in a postcolonial location: reading Purple Hibiscus with a heightened awareness of cultural hermeneutics helps Western readers engage fully in that ambivalent space rather than over-emphasizing either skepticism or hope.
At the same time, they hasten to point out that while rabbinic hermeneutics might "appear exotic, it shares enough common ground with the dominant culture in order to enter into viable conversation with it" (19).
Susan-Judith Hoffmann, (Gadamer's Philosophical Hermeneutics and Feminist Projects) "Gadamer'in Felsefi Hermeneutigi ve Feminist Proje" adli makalesinde Gadamer'in felsefi hermeneutigi cercevesinde doga bilimleri icin evrensel bir aciklama modeli yerine insan bilimleri icin getirdigi anlama modelinin onemine dikkat ceker.
A hermeneutics of suspicion, by contrast, is an interpretive program, one grounded in the belief that interpretation just is an exercise in suspicion.
Oral Thomas's most recent book, Biblical Resistance Hermeneutics Within a Caribbean Context, is a timely and well-crafted response to what the author understands as the historical and contemporary weakness in Caribbean hermeneutical practice.
1) Hermeneutics is a method used by the theorist which involves understanding a social system from the perspective of the social subject.
Martin Whittingham is well versed in these issues, and they loom in the background of his exploration of al-Ghazali's Qur'anic hermeneutics.