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General Hermeneutical Principles

• Scripture is the inspired Word of God.

• Scripture has authority over the Church.

• The Church is the servant of Scripture as its witness and keeper.

• Redemption in Christ is the central theme in Scripture.

• Scripture is coherent; one part can interpret another without doing violence to its overall integrity.

• Scripture is to be read with reference to the Church and as received by the Church.

• The books of Scripture display various genres and have their own cultural and linguistic contexts.

• Scripture has an original as well as a present audience.

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