biblicalhermeneutics.net - online texts on Biblical hermeneutics, and more

Biblical Hermeneutics,
Interpretation, & Authority of Scripture

Holger Szesnat

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1. Bibliographic lists of online texts

This is the main part of this website: a series of bibliographic lists, initially generated with the programme Endnote. The web is full of texts relating to Biblical hermeneutics, but there is a lot of rubbish, and serious texts are sometimes hard to find. I hope that these links will help identify useful text to kickstart in-depth study.

2. 'Library file' for the programme 'Endnote'

If you use the programme Endnote, you may appreciate a "library" file containing 1534 entries relating to hermeneutics (that is, bibliographic details for texts, both online and otherwise). The list of works contained therein is somewhat haphazard; don't expect a comprehensive treatment. Last updated: April 22, 2005. Download the library file either directly (hermeneutics.enl) or as a ZIP compressed file (hermeneutics.zip).

3. Some useful links relating to hermeneutics

Many useful texts are available at religion-online.org. There are also a number of useful articles in the journal Theology Today. A few items from these two sources have already been incorporated in my bibliographic list. The commercial site http://shop.ebrary.com used to offer free viewing of books (quite a few of which were useful for hermeneutics) while charging for copying of printing of texts, but they now require a 'deposit' of US$5 in an online user account before they allow viewing (which otherwise remains free). I have kept the references to these books in the list.

4. General links for Biblical Studies

Links relating to Biblical Studies which are of a general nature are listed on the 'Useful Links' page on the ERMC site, which I maintain: www.ermc.cam.ac.uk/resources/links.

Special list: Sexuality, the Bible, and hermeneutics

Different views in the debate on homosexuality and the Bible (which is really about sexuality and gender) often come down to hermeneutical differences. Hence, here is a list of online texts and websites relevant for that debate. [Also, of course, I am interested in both hermeneutics and the sexuality debate, so...].


Bertold Brecht's poem "Fragen eines lesenden Arbeiters" is one of my favourite "classics" -- thanks to Achim Kugelmann, may he rest in peace, one of my teachers in class 7 (I think) who introduced me/us to this text. As a twelve-year old I did not have a clue what he was talking about, but the poem and its theme got stuck somewhere at the back of my mind... until I rediscovered it as a theology student in the late 80's, looking for what we then called "materialist exegesis". [This particular English translation was adapted from: Luli Callinicos, Gold and Workers: A People's History of South Africa. Volume 1. Johannesburg: Ravan Press, 1986.]


Questions of a Worker reading History

Bertolt Brecht


Who built seven-gated Thebes?
Books list the names of kings.
Did kings haul the blocks and bricks?
And Babylon, destroyed so many times
Who built her up so many times? Where
Are the houses where the construction-workers
Of gold-gleaming Lima lived?
Where did the masons go at nightfall
When they finished mortaring the Wall of China?
High Rome is full of victory arches.
Who put the up? Whom did the Casesars
triumph over?

Did chronicled Byzantium build only palces
for its inhabitants? In fabulous Atlantis
the drowned bellowed in the night when the sea
swallowed them up after their slaves.

Young Alexander conquered India
Just he?
Caesar beat the Gauls.
Didn't he at least have a cook with him?
Philip of Spain wept when his Armada
Went down. Did no one else?
Frederick the Great won out in the Seven Years War.

Who won besides?

A victory on every page.
Who cooked the victory feast?
A great man every decade.
Who paid the bills?

Lots of facts.

Lots of questions.

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