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17. No Error

No error is to be admitted in the Bible, not even concerning things of but little importance. . . . If any statements should seem contrary to truth, we must not accuse the Author of the Book of falsehood: we should rather conclude, either that (a) the text is defective*; or (b) that the interpreter has mistaken the meaning; or (c) that we have misunderstood.

*St Augustine is here referring to the possibility of a copyist’s error or the corruption (by dampness or insects) of the parchment upon which the Scripture has been penned.

ST. AUGUSTINE (ca. 400)