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Introduction to Hermeneutics (Part 1)

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The three components that determine meaning in written communication are the author, the text and the reader. In determining the meaning of Biblical passages, it's important to know as much as possible about all three components. 


I. Origin of the word "hermeneutics"

II. Three Components Involved in Communication

A. The author (encoder)

B. A text (code)

C. A reader (decoder)

III. What determines meaning?

A. The text gives meaning.

1. Semantic autonomy

2. Problem

B. The reader gives the meaning.

1. Dominant view of today

2. Problem

C. The author gives the meaning

i. Bible translation

ii. Law

iii. Art

iv. Music

v. Literature

D. Objections to authorial meaning

1. "Intentional fallacy"

a) Cannot experience the life of the author

b) Author may not be competent

2. "Radical Historicism"