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Hermeneutics
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The expression “hermeneutics” (from Gk., hermeneuein, ‘to translate,’ ‘to interpret’) denotes the methods of interpretation of a text (→ Text/Textual Criticism) when seen as part of its exposition. Hermeneutics is of key importance especially for religion, when the latter is no longer temporally and locally embedded in the context in which a proposition or relation has found its Sitz im Leben. One way of ‘translating’ such a text into the present consists in expounding its ‘deeper’ sense, its meaning for times and places other than those of its original …

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Auffarth, Christoph, “Hermeneutics”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 14 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5287_bdr_SIM_00034>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223



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