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Art. 17. Affermiamo l’unità, l’armonia e la coerenza della Scrittura e crediamo che essa sia la migliore interprete di se stessa. Respingiamo l’idea secondo la quale la Scrittura può essere interpretata in modo da suggerire che un passaggio ne corregge o ne contraddice un altro. Respingiamo l’idea secondo la quale gli autori sacri che hanno fatto riferimento agli altri autori sacri precedenti o li hanno citati, li abbiano mal interpretati.


Two points are made in the Affirmation, the unity of Scripture and its self-interpreting ability. Since the former is treated elsewhere (Article XXI), we will comment on the latter here. Not only is the Bible always correct in interpreting itself (see Article XVIII), but it is the "best interpreter" of itself.

Another point made here is that comparing Scripture with Scripture is an excellent help to an interpreter. For one passage sheds light on another. Hence the first commentary the interpreter should consult on a passage is what the rest of Scripture may say on that text.

The Denial warns against the assumption that an understanding of one passage can lead the interpreter to reject the teaching of another passage. One passage may help him better comprehend another but it will never contradict another.

This last part of the Denial is particularly directed to those who believe the New Testament writers misinterpret the Old Testament, or that they attribute meaning to an Old Testament text not expressed by the author of that text. While it is acknowledged that there is sometimes a wide range of application for a text, this article affirms that the interpretation of a biblical text by another biblical writer is always within the confines of the meaning of the first text.

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