Human Studies

, Volume 32, Issue 4, pp 461–485 | Cite as

Practical Hermeneutics: Noticing in Bible Study Interaction

  • Esa Lehtinen
Research Paper


This article presents an ethnomethodological respecification of the philosophical problem of the hermeneutics of ancient texts. I analyze an interactional practice, namely, noticing an aspect of the Bible text in Seventh-day Adventist Bible study. I show how noticings are used to make the text “speak” to the participants of the Bible study and discuss how the participants show their orientation to this action in the next turn and how they rely on various cultural resources to make sense of the text. The article shows how the actions of the participants are contextual, cultural and moral in nature. Cultural resources and morality are embedded in the locally produced hermeneutical achievement. I discuss how this analysis can be instructive for philosophical hermeneutics.


Bible Conversation analysis Ethnomethodology Hermeneutics Noticing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Modern Finnish and TranslationUniversity of VaasaVaasaFinland

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