Instead of superimposing a meaning on the biblical text, the objective interpreter seeks to discover the author's intended meaning (the only true meaning). One must recognize that what a passage means is fixed by the author and is not subject to alteration by readers. "Meaning" is determined by the author; it is discovered by readers. Our goal must be exegesis (drawing the meaning out of the text) and not eisogesis (superimposing a meaning onto the text).
Is there any scripture offered to support this? No. We are expected to accept this reasoning without any proof.
Literalism And Figurative Language.
Literalism does recognize the extensive use of figurative language. It is quite comfortable when it comes to symbolism and figures of speech.
So you see, a literal interpretation of Scripture recognizes symbols and figures of speech when presented by the author. But we understand them to have literal meanings based on their context, that is, the author's intention. Gary Nystrom
Where literalism falls critically short is when it comes to dealing with typology.
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