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Principles related to Figures of Speech:
1. Every passage has only one meaning to discover. Sometimes the meaning is addressed directly, and sometimes it is stated indirectly through figures of speech.
2. The interpreter should assume that a passage uses a non-figurative language unless this assumption creates an absurdity or the general context indicates otherwise.
3. The BIble may overstate a truth in the physical realm to help the reader grasp a spiritual truth that is beyond his or her normal capacity to understand.
Principles related to Extended Figures of Speech
1. A parable can teach only one central truth. All secondary truths must be consistent with that truth.
2. A type has only one intrinsic meaning of which the anti-type is a fuller explanation.
3. All of Christ's parables somehow relate to the theme of His kingdom.
4. Typological interpretation cannot ignore the need for grammatical-historical exegesis.
Principles Related to Poetry, Prophecy, Historical Narratives, and Epistles.
1. A Bible prophecy may be fulfilled in stages with centuries intervening between each phase.
2. The prospective of the prophetic writer, though limited, is foundational to understanding the prophecy.
3. A passage can be interpreted as an allegory ONLY when the context clearly supports this.
4. Not all that is written in the Bible reflects normative instruction; sometimes God quotes humankind's incomplete or biased opinions.