Theological hermeneutics

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Theological hermeneutics is a field of theology. It broadly refers to the application of hermeneutics to theological texts,[1] particularly scripture.[2]

Christian hermeneutics[edit]

Main article: Biblical hermeneutics

Biblical hermeneutics is the study of the principles of interpretation concerning the books of the Bible. It is part of the broader field of hermeneutics which involves the study of principles for the text and includes all forms of communication: verbal and nonverbal.[3]

Judaic hermeneutics[edit]

Talmudical Hermeneutics (Hebrew: approximately, מידות שהתורה נדרשת בהן) is the science which defines the rules and methods for the investigation and exact determination of the meaning of the Scriptures, both legal and historical. Since the Halakah, however, is regarded simply as an exposition and explanation of the Torah, Talmud hermeneutics includes also the rules by which the requirements of the oral law are derived from and established by the written law.

Islamic hermeneutics[edit]

Main article: Qur'anic hermeneutics

Qur'anic hermeneutics is the study of theories of the interpretation and understanding of the Qur'an, the Muslim holy book. Throughout religious history, Qur'anic scholars have sought to mine the wealth of its meanings by developing a variety of different systems of hermeneutics.

Hindu hermeneutics[edit]

Buddhist hermeneutics[edit]

Sikh hermeneutics[edit]


  1. ^ Jeanrond, Werner G. (1994). Theological hermeneutics: development and significance. SCM Press. ISBN 978-0-334-01624-3. 
  2. ^ Theological Hermeneutics, p. 86, Alexander S. Jensen, SCM 2007. ISBN 978-0-334-02901-4
  3. ^ Ferguson, Sinclair B; David F Wright; J. I. Packer (1988). New Dictionary of Theology. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press. ISBN 0-8308-1400-0.