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Click here for a copy: A Hermeneutical Manual: Opening Scripture

In his Hermeneutical Manual, Patrick Fairbairn calls readers to a sober examination of the Bible. He follows the historic Protestant practice of allowing the Scriptures to stand as their own witness and interpreter. The author explains the “analogy of faith,” in understanding the Bible. As summarized in the Westminster Confession (1:9), this principle states: “The infallible rule of interpretation of Scripture is the Scripture itself; and therefore, when there is a question about the true and full sense of any Scripture it must be searched and known by other places that speak more clearly.”

Opening Scripture

Patrick Fairbairn (1805-1874) was a gifted and faithful servant of Christ best known for his commentaries and works on Prophecy and Typology. This lesser known work deserves a place alongside those other great works.

Sinclair Ferguson says, “I have a copy of Fairbairn and often wondered why it hasn’t been reprinted . . . I suspect the title has put publishers off (hermeneutical plus manual being a bit much for today’s readers!). I think Fairbairn was really an extraordinarily able man and a great servant of the church.

Roger Nicole contends: “It is high time that in the midst of controversies in which all kinds of accusations are leveled against the use of the Old Testament by New Testament authors the painstaking work of Patrick Fairbairn and his monumental scholarship be once again taken into consideration.”