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How to Interpret God’s Word

On Interpreting Sacred Scripture and Method of Theological Study is now available

The newest addition to the Theological Commonplaces series is now available from Concordia Publishing House.

In On Interpreting Sacred Scripture and Method of Theological Study, author Johann Gerhard combines his 1610 commonplaces—On Sacred Scripture and On Interpreting Sacred Scripture—with an appendix, his Method of Theological Study, which are all translated by Joshua Hayes and edited by Benjamin T.G. Mayes.

Emphasizing the authority of Scripture as the Word of God, Gerhard explores why a reader should use a rule of faith in interpreting the Bible. He also explains the proper use of allegory, and doctrinal explanation and human reason in interpretation. He reconciles common disagreements and lays out the three requirements for interpreting the Bible: prayer, meditation, and testing. The Method section includes a list of what to study and practical guidelines on studying the Word.

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