Review: Biblical Hermeneutics: A Treatise On The Interpretation Of The Old And New Testaments

Biblical Hermeneutics: A Treatise On The Interpretation Of The Old And New Testaments
Biblical Hermeneutics: A Treatise On The Interpretation Of The Old And New Testaments by Milton S. Terry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Exhaustive treatment in three parts – intro to hermeneutics, principles of hermeneutics, and history of interpretation. Earlier decades expected a much higher competence of biblical interpreters, and reading through chapters detailing the 6-8 languages that proficiency is expected in, and the number of ANE religions to be aware of is intimidating.

Terry is solid and skilled, defending the historical-grammatical method throughout, with an appreciation of typology that could use a little more nuance. He is strongest in prophecy and apocalyptics,but his chapters on science and scripture (where he argues for a local flood and a local creation) are so thunderously bad that I start to be suspicious of the apparently wonderful principles that he articulates earlier. His confidence in a rational system of interpretation wouldn’t seem to make it unscathed through either a presuppositional or postmodern filter, and this is the direction I would push to find out how he muffed Genesis so badly.

His third section is very helpful for evaluating centuries of commentary, identifying key figures and their contributions, whether he agrees with their methodology or not.

Took this fairly fast reader forever to read, for whatever that’s worth.

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