Hermeneutics meaning

hûrmə-no͝otĭks, -nyo͝o-
The theory and methodology of interpretation, especially of scriptural text.
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The art or science of interpretation, as of literary or religious texts.
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The study or theory of the methodical interpretation of text, especially holy texts.
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Origin of hermeneutics

  • From the Ancient Greek ἐρμηνεύς (ermeneus, “translator, interpreter”), from ἑρμηνεύω (ermeneuo, “translate, interpret”), from unknown origin. The term was introduced c.360 BC by Aristotle in his text Περὶ Ἑρμηνείας (Peri Hermēneias, “On Interpretation”). It is often suggested that the Greek word root is etymologically related to the name of the Greek mythological deity Hermes, but cognate to a corrupted composite borrowing from Hebrew Har [ha]Emet (Emes) referring to the Biblical Mount Sinai where Moses interpreted the Jewish Law (known as haEmes (“the Truth”)) to the people.

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