Hermeneutics: The collection of rules which govern the right interpretation of Sacred Scripture.

After removing what is foreign to hermeneutics, we are enabled to understand its proper object more thoroughly.

Its material object is the book or writing which is to be explained; its formal object is concerned with the sense expressed by the author of the book in question.

Thus, Biblical hermeneutics deals with Sacred Scripture as its material object, furnishing a complex set of rules for finding and expressing the true sense of the inspired writers, while the discovery and presentation of the genuine sense of Sacred Scripture may be said to be its formal object.

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