Original Research

The structuring considerations of a Ricoeurian hermeneutic employed in a reading of Proverbs 14:2

Anneke Viljoen
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 71, No 3 | a2849 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i3.2849 | © 2015 Anneke Viljoen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 October 2014 | Published: 18 June 2015

About the author(s)

Anneke Viljoen, Department of Old Testament Studies, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


A Ricoeurian hermeneutic affords readers of the Old Testament an opportunity to access
the biblical text anew as a source and norm for faith. Reese gave a convenient summarising description of Ricoeur’s hermeneutical approach. Ricoeur organised his considerations around four poles, namely distanciation, objectification, projecting of a world, and appropriation. These operate as the structuring considerations of a Ricoeurian hermeneutic and were illustrated with a sample proverb (i.e. Pr 14:2) from the collection Proverbs 10:1–15:33.


Fear of the Lord/Yahweh; Proverbs; Old Testament; Hermeneutics; Paul Ricoeur; Symbolic world; Distanciation; Objectification; Projection of a world; Appropriation; Contemporary reader; Reader oriented approach


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