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Why is divine authorial intent so important for biblical interpretation?

Why can we be more certain about God intended by a passage than what a human author intended by a passage? Did the human author always know the full significance of what he was writing? Should we limit ourselves to the Old Testament when seeking to understand a given Old Testament text?

In this new Credo video, Peter Williams explains the vital importance of divine authorial intent for biblical interpretation. Watch other videos like this one on the Credo Video page.

Peter J. Williams

Peter Williams (PhD, University of Cambridge) is the principal of Tyndale House and the chair of the International Greek New Testament Project, which is producing the largest scholarly edition ever attempted of a single book of the New Testament, namely the Editio Critica Maior of John’s Gospel. He is the author of Early Syriac Translation Technique and the Textual Criticism of the Greek Gospels as well as Can We Trust the Gospels? 

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