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The Single Meaning of Scripture in Christian Theology
Imprint: Cascade Books
"In much postmodern discourse it has become usual to argue that the biblical text has many meanings (as many as there are interpreters). Benjamin Sargent shows, in this tightly argued book, that many readers in the past believed it had a single, determinate meaning. This is a book that will challenge many assumptions, on the basis both of detailed examination of many texts and of a wide knowledge of secondary literature about biblical interpretation down the centuries."
--John Barton, Oriel and Laing Professor of Biblical Interpretation, Emeritus, University of Oxford
"The interpretation of Scripture lies at the heart of Christian theology and its meaning determines our confession of faith. In this timely book, Benjamin Sargent takes us through the history of the church to show that in every age, Christians have maintained that there is one reading of the text that is valid above all others. Dr. Sargent does not ignore the complexities of hermeneutics, but demonstrates how, in spite of the many different avenues that interpreters have explored, this fundamental assertion has continued to assert itself right up to the present day."
--Gerald Bray, Research Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School