What is the Hermeneutical Triad?

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In my presentation today, I’ll introduce you to a set of new hermeneutical lenses I call “the hermeneutical triad”—history, literature, and theology. This hermeneutical triad forms the backbone of Dick Patterson’s and my new hermeneutics text, Invitation to Biblical Interpretation. What is the “hermeneutical triad”? In short, our core proposal is this: for any passage of Scripture, regardless of genre, you’ll want to study the historical setting, the literary context, and the theological message. Thus the hermeneutical triad consists of history, literature, and theology. As we’ll see shortly, such a triadic approach is grounded in an authorial-intent hermeneutic that embraces the common-sense notion that successful communication depends first and foremost on discerning an author’s or speaker’s communicative intent …

To read Dr. Kostenberger’s full paper from ETS, click here.

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  1. Thanks. I was looking for the definition of the hermeneutical triad and the Triad and the description given here is concise. Thanks a lot.

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