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A Stone-Campbell Hermeneutic for Justice: A Practical Hermeneutic for the Church Today

Jerry Sumney
Professor of Biblical Studies
Lexington Theological Seminary


Starting from Alexander Campbellā€™s hermeneutic, seen in his treatment of the issue of slavery, this essay sets out a hermeneutic for using Scripture in the church. Rejecting literalistic readings, it argues that readers must have a consistent hermeneutic if they are to use the biblical texts in legitimate ways, that is, in ways that bring the intent of the biblical texts into the present. Having such a consistent hermeneutic can help avoid imposing ideas on the biblical text.

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Spring 2023



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