Why Divine Authorial Intent is the Only Sufficient Grounds for Biblical Meaning

In my paper for my Hermeneutical Foundations class with Dr. Poythress, I build off Poythress’ work (in the bibliography of my paper, with a freely accessible PDF document) on divine authorship and argue that it is the only robust enough foundation for stabilizing the meaning(s) of a text.

Here is the abstract:

In this paper, I argue that only divine authorial intent can ground meaning, whether it be because of our limited access to human authors, the limited nature of human (authorial) intentionality, or in our access to the divine meaning of Scripture through the Holy Spirit, and in God’s unique ability to ground textual meaning and intend fully all of what he means.

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