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Interpreting the Bible and the Constitution

Jaroslav Pelikan


Both the Bible and the Constitution have the status of “Great Code,” but each of these important texts is controversial as well as enigmatic. They are asked to speak to situations that their authors could not have anticipated on their own. The author of this book, a religious historian, brings his vast knowledge of the history of biblical interpretation to bear on the question of constitutional interpretation. He compares the methods by which the official interpreters of the Bible and the Constitution—the Christian Church and the Supreme Court, respectively—have approached the necessity of int ... More

Keywords: Bible, Constitution, biblical interpretation, constitutional interpretation, Great Code, Christian Church, Supreme Court

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780300102673
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300102673.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jaroslav Pelikan, author