Consider 2 Peter 1:19-20. This verse mentions personal interpretation in regards to prophecy. How can this Christian perspective be applied to interpreting literature? How might this verse relate to the prophecies in the stories of Joseph and Oedipus?
The books of prophesy in the bible are not just to be read and interpreted in the literal sense of the word. They need to be read and given deeper meanings. In the history of biblical interpretation, four major types of hermeneutics have emerged: the literal, moral, allegorical, and anagogical. Literal interpretation asserts that a biblical text is to be interpreted according to the “plain meaning” conveyed by its grammatical construction and historical context.