Meaning: Is There a Single, Literal Meaning of a Biblical Text That the Interpreter Can Discover?



The purpose of this article is to look critically at different opinions circulating today concerning the meaning of the text. There are always debates in theological circles concerning the subject of meaning. If a meaning exists, how is it found? If a meaning exists, is there just one meaning or many? Three main approaches to defining the meaning of the text are examined: the reader-oriented approach, the writer-oriented approach, and the text-oriented approach. Arguments for and against each approach are given, with the author’s opinion at the end.


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