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The Truth, Canon, and Interpretation of the Bible

Gerald O'Collins

in Rethinking Fundamental Theology

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199605569
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729454 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605569.003.0010
The Truth, Canon, and Interpretation of the Bible

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Resisting the endemic temptation to identify inspiration with the truth (or inerrancy) of the Bible, the chapter deals with recurrent difficulties before arguing that biblical truth aims at transformation and is personal (centred on Christ), progressive, and to be found in the whole of the Scriptures. The chapter then discusses principles involved in the formation of the canon (or authoritative list of inspired books), the closed nature of the canon, and canonical authority. A scheme for interpreting the Bible proposes attending to the world of the past authors, the history of the texts and their interpretation, and the world of present readers.

Keywords: Bible; canon; inspiration; interpretation; Scriptures; truth

Chapter.  12763 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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