Bible (Interpretation)

From the first, Seventh-day Adventists have stressed the importance of following sound principles of exegesis when interpreting Scripture. They recognize that interpretation is necessary because of the diverse literary forms found in the Bible; because the languages in which it was originally written, the modes of thought and expression, the customs, and the historical setting are unfamiliar to the modern reader; and because human language is at best an imperfect medium for the communication of divine thought. As to literary forms, the language of Scripture may be in the form of poetry or prose; it may be literal or figurative; it may be historical, prophetic, or apocalyptic. As to language, it is often difficult if not impossible to translate an idea expressed in one language into another...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.