The sense is only one, whether simple (in the histories, precepts and prophecies openly proposed) or composite (in the typical).... But the application can be diverse.
- Francis Turretin (1623-1687)
Hermeneutics is sometimes defined as 'the art and science of interpretation.' One's 'hermeneutic' is one's method of interpreting a text.
Biblical scholars debate the relative importance of the author, the text, and the reader in the interpretive process. Most evangelicals, however, acknowledge that authorial intent (both Divine and human) is vital to understanding the Bible's meaning. Furthermore, many agree that Scripture is the best interpreter of Scripture. In particular, the New Testament's interpretation of the Old Testament is a key for the interpreter in his/her development of a sound biblical hermeneutic.