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Getting in Front of the Text: Ricoeurean Hermeneutics and Beyond
Author Harris, James Henry
Date 2016
Format Journal Article
Description 8 pages
Genre Article
Language English
Subject Preaching
Notes Copyright © 2016 James Henry Harris. Presented here with permission of James Henry Harris and the Academy of Homiletics.
Abstract This paper seeks to break new ground in the areas of homiletic practice and interpretation theory. The language of “getting in front of the text” is a metaphor for interpreting the text via a socio-cultural context. Moreover, this language of getting in front of the text suggests that meaning is not static and does not depend on what the writer meant when he/she wrote the text, but meaning is dynamic. When Ricoeur writes that the meaning of the text is in front of it, he is making a bold, transformative, and liberating claim. In this short piece, I seek to explain his claim and move beyond it to the point of propelling the reader to social action.
Collection Academy of Homiletics
Contributor Academy of Homiletics
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