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From Letter to Spirit

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Reformation polemics and modern historical-critical scholarship has encouraged us to see the spiritual sense of Scripture as remote from the literal sense. However, a close examination of the traditional methods of spiritual interpretation shows that the literal sense plays an important role in expositions of the spiritual sense. Traditional methods both anchor and motivate spiritual readings by recourse to the letter of Scripture, and as a consequence the speculative stretch toward the spiritual is saturated with the literal.

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