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The following comes from Dr. Gregg Allison’s forthcoming book, Introduction to Historical Theology in the chapter entitled, “The Interpretation of Scripture.”
Beginning in July, 1525, every day (except Fridays and Sundays) at 7:00a.m. (summer) or 8:00 a.m. (winter), all the pastors and theological students in Zurich met in the cathedral for an hour of intense exegesis and interpretation of Scripture (based on the Greek or Hebrew and Latin versions). Zwingli opened each meeting with this prayer:
“Almighty, eternal and merciful God, whose Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path, open and illuminate our minds, that we may purely and perfectly understand your Word and that our lives may be conformed to what we have rightly understood, that in nothing we may be displeasing unto your majesty, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”