Hermeneutics for Bible students should be thought of as a study of interpreting scriptures in a methodological manner. Wikipedia gives the definition as a “study of the principles of interpretation concerning the books of the Bible.” There are many and varied strands of utilizing hermeneutic principles that one may utilize in Bible study. This post is only an attempt to facilitate the reader in becoming familiar with the various strands of biblical hermeneutics that are available. For more information check out this site: Wikipedia. Pay special attention in the Wikepedia site to lexical-syntactical analysis, historical/cultural analysis, contextual analysis, theological analysis, and special literary analysis. There is also a section titled “Theological hermeneutics as traditional Christian Biblical exegesis” which covers theological group principles, context-mention principles, figures of speech group principles. Another reference for aiding the student in comprehending hermeneutics is Biblical Research’s site. For the sincere student who wants to delve deeper into the science, check out Robert Stein’s lectures which were given at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky during the fall of 2002. The site is free, but they do ask for donations. From the site students are brought into the arena of what is taught professionally about the subject of hermeneutics. If you are serious about biblical interpretation Theopedia is another site you might also want to look at.
While perusing the various sites available (by searching the internet you will discover a plethora of information) please remember that those who provide information to the various sites most generally promote their own theological traditions. Our world is proliferated with information. Study, find all the information you can. Submit what you have learned to God. Prayerfully ask for Holy Spirit guidance and understanding of what you have been exposed to in your learning. He (the Holy Spirit) will “guide you into all truth.” Your responsibility is to study, submit yourself to the Holy Spirit, and follow His leading.