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A solid hermeneutics is the root of all good exegesis and exegesis is the foundation of all truly Biblical preaching (Bernard Ramm, Hermeneutics).

It has been customary to specify hermeneutics as the theory of interpretation and exegesis as the application of the theory to the text (Bernard Ramm, Hermeneutics).

Theological exegesis extends grammatical exegesis in that theological exegesis is interested in the largest implications of the text (Bernard Ramm, Hermeneutics).

Exegesis is rightly assumed to be a foundational task for doing theology (Dict. for Theo. Interpre. of the Bible).

We cannot come to the text without presuppositions, but we can come to the text without presupposing what its meaning is (Dict. for Theo. Interpre. of the Bible).

Hermeneutics may be regarded as the theory that guides exegesis; exegesis may be understood . . . to be the practice of and the set of procedures for discovering the author's intended meaning (Walter Kaiser, Toward an Exegetical Theology).

The Spirit is needed for the understanding of all Scripture and every part of Scripture (M. Luther, Bondage of the Will).

It may be that God will use the Scriptures in a way a little different from the original meaning as we are led by the Spirit. Believing that the text is God's written Word does not put us in a box as regards the truth God may use it to teach us. "The Word of God is not bound." The New Testament indicates to us by its use of Scripture that the text can give meaning on several levels and possesses a surplus of meaning potential that transcends the meaning it originally had. Our modern concern for "scientific" exegesis has impoverished our reading of the Bible, and we need to return to a "precritical" approach in which we are open to God's Word in more ways than one (C. Pinnock, The Scripture Principle).

God has spoken in the Scriptures, but he also speaks through them today in ways that the original writer may not have intended. In saying this, we are simply confessing our faith in the Spirit as alive in bringing out from the bible the ever-relevant Word of the Lord (C. Pinnock, The Scripture Principle).

No interpretation dare be employed which undermines the certainty that the text is in every word the Word of God, or which is our of harmony with the confessions of the church (Paul A. Zimmerman, A Symposium on Creation).

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