This introductory chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which is to perform a critical retrieval of the classical doctrine of Scripture in general, and the sufficiency of Scripture in particular. It is a critical retrieval in that the doctrine will be reconstructed in a wide contemporary theological and academic context. The book will keep up a sustained dialogue with contemporary hermeneutical and literary theory, and a specific tool for the reconstruction of the doctrine will be identified from recent work in the philosophy of language. The chapter provides an initial outline of the reasons for turning to such contemporary theory in order to reconstruct an old doctrine of Scripture. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.
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