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As It Is Written

As It Is WrittenAs It Is Written: Interpreting the Bible with Boldness by Benjamin Sargent.

'We live in an age when much doubt has been cast concerning the meaning of texts. This has direct application to our confidence in and practice of handling the Scriptures. Ben Sargent's paper provides an excellent corrective. It is carefully argued, clearly written and immensely useful'

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About the book:

If you are reading this, it is because you expect it to have meaning. You will be making assumptions about its author based on the content and context; you will be interpreting what you read in the light of your own prejudices and experience and the conditioning of your cultural surroundings. Does it matter what the author intended? Does an unintentional message have validity? Is there a single meaning of the text, or one on which we should all agree?

These questions are obviously much more significant when the text concerned is the Bible, which Christians believe to be the word of God. In the face of claims that Evangelical biblical interpretation is based on principles which have nothing to do with Christian theology, this Study explores the philosophical integrity of the quest for meaning in a text, and discusses the benefits and pitfalls of the various tools we might bring to the task of interpretation. It draws inspiration from Scripture’s own methods as the Old Testament is applied in New Testament writings, to give a Christian theological account of hermeneutics.

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The Revd Dr Benjamin Sargent is the Vicar of Bransgore and Hinton Admiral in the Diocese of Winchester and a member of the Latimer Trust Theology Work Group. His publications include Anglican Foundations 04, Day By Day:The Rhythm of the Bible in the Book of Common Prayer. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles on biblical interpretation published in Churchman, Evangelical Quarterly, and the Heythrop Journal.

Published December 2011: 66 pages

ISBN: 978 1 906327 04 0

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