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Centered fuller communication : sensus plenior, relevance theory, and a balanced hermeneutic
Benjamin J. Wukasch (author)Steve Nicolle (thesis supervisor)Ken Radant (second reader)Allan Effa (third reader)Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
Applied Linguistics and Exegesis
This thesis will suggest a centered approach to biblical hermeneutics, proposing a balance in the function of the hemispheres of the human mind, left and right. It will examine how `ordinary readers' are doing hermeneutics both in Africa and the West, and join these contributions to the insights of scholars who use the historical-grammatical hermeneutic, and laypeople who use a personal-devotional hermeneutic. The insights of Gadamer will be employed on the topic of horizons of authors and readers. The interpretive practices of ordinary readers will be justified through the theological concept of sensus plenior. The communication that takes place through Scripture will be analyzed in the framework of a linguistic theory of communication, Relevance Theory, which will explain why ordinary readers interpret in a personal-devotional way. After proposing a balanced hermeneutic, constraints are proposed for its outworking, looking at the significance of this thesis for the church and Bible translation.
Bible—Hermeneutics.Hermeneutics.Relevance.Gadamer, H.-G. (Hans-Georg), 1900-2002Bible--Translating.