Understudying the Word

Sacra scriptura sui ipsius interpres: sacred scripture is its own interpreter. This statement in Latin is one of the fundamental ideas of the Protestant Reformation but it is usually under-examined and simply seen as a corollary of the belief that scripture alone (sola scriptura in Latin, one of the 5 solas i.e. fundamental principles of Protestantism) is the rule of faith and practice for the Christian. Being the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, it is quite apt we take a closer look at this particular doctrine as we have been doing for some of the other prominent Reformation ideas. Biblical scholar David Starling argues that scripture interpreting itself means more than using easier passages to interpret more difficult ones. It means learning how the biblical authors interpret Scripture hence the title of his book Hermeneutics as Apprenticeship. In the following interview at OnScript Dr Starling explains what he means.

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