This is part of discussion Allan and I were having on John 17:12. I'm open to criticism of my hermeneutical approach. I haven't studied at a seminary or bible college, so mine is mostly influenced by pastors, teachers, and authors I respect. (and my husband, who I also respect). So I was interested in what styles of hermeneutics are out there and how they influence our exegesis or interpretation of the Bible. Is Allan's style more right than mine or mine more right than his? How can we know? Is the style the sole determiner of how we will interpret a verse? Must you change your style before your interpretation will change? For the Calvinists, I assume that many of us were raised non-Calvinist, like myself and others I have seen here testify. Did your style of hermeneutics change before you embraced a different interpretation? Or did the interpretation of one or several passages change before you changed your approach to hermeneutics? These may not be answerable questions for some, or at least not previously thought out answers. And my initial questions may not be very well phrased, but hopefully it's enough to get the ball rolling.