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  title={How the Virtues of an Interpreter Presuppose and Perfect Hermeneutics: The Case of Thomas Aquinas},
  author={Eugene F. Rogers,},
  journal={The Journal of Religion},
  pages={64 - 81}
This essay enlists Thomas Aquinas to enrich a late twentieth-century retrieval of the literal reading of biblical narrative in the Christian tradition. It argues that the Summa theologiae can be read so that the sensus litteralis, far from promoting one predeterminate meaning for a text, promotes instead a certain ordered diversity of readings, and that the evaluation of readings belongs largely elsewhere than in hermeneutics. It opposes both those who seek such a single meaning and those who… 

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