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2.26. Hermeneutic

The word interpretation occurs in many forms in the New Testament. An example as hermēneia (“to interpret”). This word forms the basis for the term hermeneutics. Embedded in this Greek word is the name of the Greek god Hermes. “The word hermeneutics is ultimately derived from Hermes the Greek god who brought the messages of the gods to the mortals, and was the god of science, invention, eloquence, speech, writing, and art. As a theological discipline hermeneutics is the science of the correct interpretation of the Bible.”1


1 Bernard Ramm, Protestant Biblical Interpretation, 3rd rev. ed. (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1970), 11.

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