So I heard someone remark one time "Who is Herman and why is he "newting" around?" in regards to the word "hermeneutics". Comical, yes, but relevant all the same. So what is the clearest, simplest, easiest to understand explanation of what hermeneutics is and why hermeneutics?
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What is 'hermeneutics'?
I covered the definition of hermeneutics in more detail in this answer, but in a nutshell, hermeneutics is the field of study concerned with how we interpret communication. (Biblical Hermeneutics is specifically concerned with how we interpret the Biblical text.)
That is a really great question. There are a variety of reasons people study hermeneutics. Here are a few: