A history of the interpretation of Genesis 4:1-16 and its relevance for biblical hermeneutics
Hopfe, Lewis Moore
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An important element in the study of any literature is interpretation. It is not enough to know what thoughts the literature contains or when it was written; the reader must also know how to interpret what he has read. Hermeneutics is especially important to the reader of the Bible. If the reader believes that the Bible can speak to him with authority, adequate hermeneutical procedures are imperative. Readers of the Bible have nearly always recognized the importance of hermeneutics and have devised many methods of interpretation. Some have insisted that the Bible must be interpreted as literally as possible while others have believed that allegory was the key to understanding the mysteries of the Scriptures. Other readers have used typology particularly to interpret the Old Testament. Many times a combination of these hermeneutical methods was used to interpret the Bible. [TRUNCATED]
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