New Release: Introducing Biblical Hermeneutics

Cover ArtRenowned scholar Craig Bartholomew, coauthor of the bestselling textbook The Drama of Scripture, writes in his main area of expertise–hermeneutics–to help seminarians pursue a lifetime of biblical interpretation.

Integrating the latest research in theology, philosophy, and biblical studies, this substantive hermeneutics textbook is robustly theological in its approach, takes philosophical hermeneutics seriously, keeps the focus throughout on the actual process of interpreting Scripture, and argues that biblical interpretation should be centered in the context and service of the church–an approach that helps us hear God’s address today.


“Sophisticated work on truth, listening to Scripture, biblical theology, tradition, historical-critical methods, canon, philosophy, history, literature, theology, and academic inquiry….Above all it stresses the need to listen to Scripture and to God. I warmly commend this book.” – Anthony C. Thiselton, University of Nottingham

“Craig Bartholomew has been laboring in the fields of biblical interpretation and hermeneutics for years, and this book represents the abundant harvest, gathering fruit from many academic fields.” – Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“Any individual interested in biblical hermeneutics should have this volume on a readily accessible shelf. Any classes on the subject should have it as an indispensable vade mecum….Highly recommended.” – James D. G. Dunn, Durham University

“An academically seasoned hermeneutic to be performed in the presence of God and centered in the church–what he refers to as ‘faith-full’ biblical interpretation. Bartholomew’s gift to his reader is the opportunity to think deeply about Scripture in the company of a seasoned scholar.” – Jeannine Brown, Bethel Seminary San Diego

“A smorgasbord of evangelical learning in the service of hearing God’s word in our day. A lifetime of wide reading and reflection has gone into this project.” – Christopher Seitz, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto

“With consummate skill Bartholomew weaves together theology, philosophy, history, and exegesis…. This book will undoubtedly be a landmark in hermeneutics for many years to come.” – Mary Healy, Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Introducing Biblical Hermeneutics is a triumph. Craig Bartholomew provides a clear and gripping account of what it means to hear Scripture as God’s Word.” – C. Stephen Evans, Baylor University

“A milestone for biblical interpretation….The volume is vintage Bartholomew: extraordinarily learned, exceptionally readable, and constructive in its proposal. Introducing Biblical Hermeneutics is the standard to which I shall return again and again.” – Heath A. Thomas, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary


Craig G. Bartholomew (PhD, University of Bristol) is the H. Evan Runner Professor of Philosophy at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario. He founded the internationally recognized Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar and is the author of several books, including Ecclesiastes in the Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms series. He is also an associate editor of the Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible and the coauthor, with Michael W. Goheen, of The Drama of Scripture, Living at the Crossroads, and Christian Philosophy.

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