The Fall of Interpretation, 2nd edition

I’ve put to bed the proofs and index for a second, revised edition of my first book, The Fall of Interpretation: Philosophical Foundations for a Creational Hermeneutic, forthcoming from Baker Academic. (My son, Coleson, helped with the index this time around–breeding a family of child laborers is finally paying off! 😉

The book is slated for release in April 2012, but that sometimes means you’ll see copies in March. I’m eager to see it in print.

The endorsements have also started to come in. Here are a few:

“With the absence of an ‘interpretive police,’ in the first edition ofThe Fall of Interpretation, James K. A. Smith worried how to keep at bay the charge of relativism. This revised edition unambiguously affirms the particularity of the Nicene tradition as the locale for genuine interpretation of Scripture. Smith cogently argues that we need the church’s authoritative theological interpretation of Scripture to live with the varying degrees of the author’s ‘real presence’ in the text.”–Hans Boersma, J. I. Packer Professor of Theology, Regent College
“The first edition of James K. A. Smith’s Fall of Interpretation cast a clear, sharp light on the important topic of difference in interpretation, and the contribution he made to the theological understanding of hermeneutics has still not been fully appreciated. This second edition, with a new introduction and an added chapter that draws on Smith’s further years of philosophical, theological exploration, makes an even more powerful claim for the attention of anyone concerned about the prospects for hermeneutics.”–A. K. M. Adam, lecturer in New Testament, University of Glasgow

“In the hands of the unskilled or unwise, hermeneutics can be dangerous, fueling a blaze of apocalyptic fire where interpretation dissolves creaturely goodness into a relativistic morass. Nonetheless, as Smith persuasively argues, interpretation is inevitable. To reject it for ‘immediacy’ is to close one’s eyes to the obvious. Smith shows how hermeneutics emerges not from our sinfulness but from our creaturely goodness. This second edition guides the reader along Smith’s own path, resisting the ’emergent’ temptation in favor of ‘catholic’ substance.”–D. Stephen Long, professor of systematic theology, Marquette University