Thanks to wireless technology my residence in the blogosphere has now been advanced into the seminary classroom. The discussion concerns the possibility of multiple meanings in scripture. The NT seems to clearly state this, as Jesus says that all of scripture is pointing toward him. This would seem to add at least another meaning to scripture. Does the possibility of multiple meanings in scripture open up a can of worms that we want to avoid?
The thesis under consideration is:
Texts of scripture do not have a single meaning limited to the intent of the original author. In accord with Jewish and Christian traditions, we affirm that Scripture has multiple complex senses given by God, the author of the whole drama.
Part of our class discussion led to the comment:
“Additional meanings do not contradict or get rid of the original author. Additional meanings expand the intent of the author. The Bible can have multiple senses that are not contradictory. “
It’s a good discussion. Any thoughts on this? (and yes I’m leaving a lot of details out of this post to see what you think!)