Theological Hermeneutics: A Couple (More) Items For Review

In addition to a couple of recent posts where I've mentioned books I'm currently reviewing for journals, here are a couple more, each of which deals with hermeneutics: 1) Henry A. Virkler's Hermeneutics: Principles and Processes of Interpretation, and 2) Daniel J. Treier's Introducing Theological Interpretation of Scripture: Recovering a Christian Practice. I'm looking forward to getting into these books and am wholly expecting to find some thought-provoking and challenging material. If you've read either of these, feel free to share some of your thoughts here.


  1. I read Virkler's book awhile back. Being a layperson, I found this book a good launching pad into more lengthy and difficult works on hermeneutics.

    Virkler admittedly relies on Bernard Ramm's Protestant Biblical Interpreation, which I read shortly after and also found very good. The appendix has a pretty good bibliography for further reading.

    Basically Virkler outlines his 5 step process and then goes into detail for each: historical-cultural and contextual analysis, lexical-syntactical analysis, theological analysis, genre analysis, and application.

    I think since he's a professor of psychology (in addition to having an M.A. from Trinity) he tends to focus in on applications for Christian counseling. Being a layperson, I found his examples to be very useful and have actually encountered almost every type of example I practiced in the book. It's always good when when you get mileage out of something! :)

  2. David,
    Thanks so much for sharing your insights. I'm glad you found the book both interesting and informative. I may have to borrow the mileage analogy if you don't mind.

    Blessings friend.

  3. Yea man feel free. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts as well.