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An Academic Approach for Thelemic Exegetes
Author: Society for Thelemic Literature Published: 03 July 2008 Society for Thelemic Literature
Rule Concerning Thelemic Hermeneutics
(Proposed) Rule Concerning Thelemic Hermeneutics
Rule One: Each Scripture must be understood within, though not limited to, a grammatical, historical, mythological, prophetic, qaballistic, religious, and social context. Rule Two: Personal integrity, intellectual honesty, common sense and a quality of rational inspiration are required in order to analyze and discriminate between a principle of truth and a dogma of convenience. Rule Three: The principle underlying each Scripture or statement of counsel or instruction must be recognized in order to understand its relevance for those in different times or places including our contemporary era. Rule Four: Two Scriptures that seem to contradict each other by appearances must wait until a third Scripture arrives and resolves their apparent contradiction. Rule Five: Spiritual application must overcome historical accuracy as interpretation may involve multiple layers of meaning and must take into account mystical and qaballistic modes inherent in the text. Rule Six: Careful consideration must be given to the production of an exegesis that it does not devolve into a personal verse-by-verse commentary that is presented as a matter of truth. Rule Seven: Though the potential for contradicting themselves exists in the written word, we must allow for the maturing experience of authors and exegetes—even prophets—in that truth is unfolded to them only as fast as they are able to understand it. Rule Eight: Recognize progressive revelation through spiritual maturity, appreciate that all truth is revealed over time and meditation, and understand that any process of hermeneutics will necessarily be as incomplete as it is personal.