Saturday, April 07, 2007

Methodical Bible Study

I came across this quote from Robert Traina's "Methodical Bible Study" while doing some class reading today. It's in his section on allegorical interpretation, page 174:

"There is a vital difference between true conclusions and accurate or valid conclusions in relation to interpretation. The lessons one draws form a passage may be true, that is, in general keeping with Scriptural facts and with reality, simply because one is sufficiently acquainted with the Bible to be able to draw conclusions which are congruous with it. However, this does not imply that one's conclusions represent a valid exegesis of the passage. For valid conclusions are those which legitimately grow out of a particular passage, and not merely those which generally correspond with Biblical truth. Thus though the allegorical interpreter may draw lessons from a unit which are true, they are not necessarily accurate. And what the expositor should strive for are accurate deductions."

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