A City Guide To Zhucheng for Hermeneuts were people employed by the early Christian church to interpret the religious service and scripture to worshippers who spoke 16 thinking politics a different language. (The word hermeneut derives from the name of the Greek god Hermes, who was the patron deity of speech and writing.) In the nineteenth century, hermeneutics developed as a method of interpreting biblical texts and, later, other legal and literary documents. The German philosopher Wilhelm Dilthey (1833 1911) further expanded hermeneutics to encompass the interpretation of human experience in general, the historical text of human life. Dilthey, who influenced Max Weber, argued that nature provided a field for explanation but that humanity provided a field for understanding, in German, Verstehen. Explanation is based on external observation. Understanding is based on what Dilthey called lived experience. A City Guide To Zhucheng 2016.