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This chapter examines Petrus van Mastricht's view of biblical interpretation. It considers the sources and the context in which his views are expressed on the subject. The chapter evaluates his thought on biblical exegesis in the doctrine of God of the Theoretico-practica theologia (TPT). Mastricht's exegetical parts in the TPT specify that those others include patristic, medieval, rabbinic, and contemporary sources. Proper examination of Mastricht's biblical interpretation involves a review of his stated remarks on the exegete and the prerequisites for coming to the biblical text. The exegete should pray for the spiritual wisdom to interpret the mysteries of Scripture. Prayer is required to come to Scripture with pure eyes, an illuminated understanding, and with a submissive heart. Like the Jewish commentators, who employed the peshat method of exegesis, Mastricht utilized their commentaries, but he infers from the biblical text a doctrinal locus.

Keywords: biblical interpretation; doctrine of God; exegesis; Petrus van Mastricht; prayer



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