Many Will Say: Gospel interpretation: True and False

John Mackay
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My aim in writing this book is to alert people to the possibility that , as in other important  matters, we are liable to be mistaken, it is no different for spiritual issues.In fact with the devil trying his utmost to make us err, it is even more likely to occur spiritually.

The writing uses as its centrepiece one particular verse from the book of Matthew but it  also draws from the surrounding context in the chapter and associated evidence in adjacent chapters.It draws on the broad themes contained in the text to illustrate issues relevant to the subject of gospel interpretation.

 

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John Mackay
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