Sunday, March 6, 2011

Tyndale on interpreting scripture literally

I love this quote from William Tyndale:

“The Scripture hath but one sense which is the literal sense...the Scripture useth proverbs, similitudes, riddles, or allegories, as all other speeches do; but that which the proverb, similitude, riddle, or allegory  signifieth, is ever the literal sense, which thou must seek out diligently.”
In other words, don't get so lost in literalism that you fail to see Scripture's symbolism, metaphors, and literary devices; but also don't get so lost in the figurative that you fail to see the literal point that is being made.

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