Steve tagged me with this thing. Here are the rules;
1. Grab the book closest to you.
2. Open to page 123; go down to the fourth sentence.
3. Post the text of the following three sentences.
4. Name the author and book title.
5. Tag three people to do the same.
Here goes…I’m posting the fourth sentence as well because it doesn’t seem to make much sense without it.
4th sentence: Whenever we read a book, an essay, or a poem we presume the literal sense in the document until the nature of the literature may force us to another level.
(Following three sentences.)
This is the only conceivable method of beginning or commencing to understand literature of all kinds. The non-literal is always a secondary meaning which presumes an already existing literal understanding of literature. This previous stratum of language is the necessary point of departure for the interpretation of all literature.
Bernard Ramm, Protestant Biblical Interpretation
That’s the book that was on top. Other books on my desk are; Biblical Interpretation Then And Now by David Dockery, God Is The Gospel by John Piper, Let’s Study Revelation by Derek Thomas, A Harmony Of Samuel, Kings, And Chronicles by William Day Crockett, The Greek New Testament Third Edition, James Petigru Boyce: Selected Writings by Timothy George, andRoget’s 21st Century Thesaurus. I really don’t know how that last one got under there. I’ve obviously(unquestionably) never used it or my vocabulary would be larger (expanded).