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What is the “meaning” of a text? Part 4

John Piper will continue to answer these questions:
1. What do we mean by the word “meaning”?
2. How do we use the word “meaning” in these LABS?
3. Specifically, what is the “meaning” of a written text?
Answer: The meaning of a text is what the author intended to communicate by his words.

Reason #4: This definition of meaning reflects the biblical worldview that God is absolute Reality, and that he created and upholds a world of reality that has objective existence outside our minds, so that the aim of reading his word is not to create meaning, but to discover it in what the God-inspired author intended to communicate – an intention that has real objective existence outside ourselves. Reality is not just an echo of our own subjective preferences.

Scripture References
Psalm 14:1, Exodus 3:13-14, Hebrews 1:1-3, Ephesians 3:3-4


John Piper is founder and teacher of Desiring God and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary.

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