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On Interpreting Sacred Scripture and Method of Theological Study


by Gerhard, Johann ;  Dinda, Richard; Hayes, Joshua

Item #: 531216kin / 2017 / ebook / 324 Pages

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“The aim of all Scripture is Christ, and finding Him in the Scriptures should be our chief concern.”
—Johann Gerhard

The newest addition to the Theological Commonplaces series, this volume contains Gerhard’s 1610 commonplaces—On Sacred Scripture and On Interpreting Sacred Scripture—and one lengthy appendix, Gerhard’s Method of Theological Study, all translated by Joshua J. Hayes and edited by Benjamin T. G. Mayes.

In On Interpreting Sacred Scripture, Gerhard emphasizes the authority of Scripture as the Word of God; the rule of faith as essential for right interpretation; proper use of allegory, dogmatic (doctrinal) exegesis, and human reason in interpretation; reconciliation of apparent disagreements; and the three requirements for interpretation: prayer, meditation, and testing. The Method gives readers not just a list of what to study but also practical guidelines on how to study the Word of God.

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