Before a text can make sense it must be coherent. A text is coherent when its reader perceives it as orderly and logical, and when its parts relate well to each other.

An incoherent text makes no sense!

Studies of prophetic texts have swung - following the dictates of intellectual fashion - from a presumption of coherence (in pre-critical hermeneutics) through a presumption of incoherence on a large scale (driven particularly by form-criticism), to an uncritical assumption of coherence in many recent literary studies.


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