Based on Martin C. Albi's book Reason, Faith, and Tradition: Explorations in Catholic Theology, what are scriptural hermeneutics? What is the significance of Paul Ricoeur's thought concerning...

Based on Martin C. Albi's book Reason, Faith, and Tradition: Explorations in Catholic Theology, what are scriptural hermeneutics? What is the significance of Paul Ricoeur's thought concerning scriptural hermeneutics? How did the methods of hermeneutics come about, and how can they be used by modern readers? How do the theological methods of Lonegran and Aquinas compare and contrast?

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Scriptural hermeneutics, or biblical hermeneutics, simply refers to methods in which we interpret the Bible. Several different models for interpretation have been born, including the historical-grammatical model, the Dispensational model, the Covenantal model, the New-Covenantal model, and many others ("Biblical Hermeneutics").

According to Martin C. Albi in his book Reason, Faith, and Tradition: Explorations in Catholic Theology, theologian and philosopher Paul Ricoeur argued that a problem exists with respect to biblical interpretation through the modern worldview. The essential problem is that the biblical text means something different to the modern reader than it would to the "prescientific reader." Ricoeur classifies this problem using what he terms the "hermeneutical circle." His circle simply poses the problem that "we must understand in order to believe, but we must believe in order to understand" (p. 63). According to Albi, Riceour also proposed two stages through which a modern reader can...

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