John C. Poirier
Jewish Theological Seminary
According to some postmodernists, authorial intention has been a concern within biblical hermeneutics for only a short while. The history of hermeneutics, however, indicates otherwise: authorial intention has been a central hermeneutical concern throughout church history. This article looks at some of the main proponents of an intentionalist hermeneutic, both inside and outside the church. It also attempts to account for the present-day turn against the author.