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Interpreting Revelation

The final book of the Bible is full of glorious promises and yet significant challenges.  While the entire Bible has interpretive challenges, none is so difficult as the Book of Revelation.  In our last session of hermeneutics, let us focus on how to be unashamed in our accurate study of this final book. The Rules of Revelation The book is one Revelation. Revelation is symbolic. Just because the content is difficult to understand does not mean it should be avoided.…

Interpreting the Epistles

In our study of hermeneutics, the New Testament epistles are an important biblical genre on which to focus. You can think of the epistles the same way you would think of a love letter. It matters who wrote the letter, who received the letter, and why the letter was sent. The entire meaning can alter based upon those elements. Epistles’ Organization The epistles’ order is based upon size and author. Paul – Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians,…

Interpreting Acts

The Book of Acts is a unique book in all of Scripture.  Being the only narrative-based book in the New Testament that isn’t a Gospel, extra hermeneutical precaution must be made. Download Handout – Session 10 – Interpreting Acts Narrative Reminders In reading biblical narratives, we must be aware of the three levels: Top Level – the complete universal plan of the Sovereign God being worked through His creation Middle Level – key aspects of God’s plan centering around God’s people…

Interpreting the Gospels

As we approach the New Testament, the first hermeneutical task is to learn how to study the Gospels.  The Gospels are the accounts written to portray the person and work of Jesus Christ. The four Gospels all tell the same story but from different perspectives and to different audiences. Download Handout – Session 9 – Interpreting the Gospels How Were the Gospels Composed? The Gospels are books about Jesus but not by Jesus. The Gospels contain narrative portions as well as…

Interpreting the Prophets

Interpreting the Old Testament prophets is an important hermeneutics’ skill. While the prophets are historical literature, they are more like sermons commenting on the events than detailed reporting of the events. Download Handout – Session 8 – Interpreting the Prophets The Prophets’ Contents Most of the prophets’ messages focused on current disobedience and consequential impending judgment. Only a small percentage of Old Testament prophecy foretells future events. Instead of providing new commands, the prophets warned about disobedience to the old commands.…

Interpreting the Writings

The Writings section of the Old Testament is also referred to as the Wisdom Literature.  These books don’t fit naturally into the Law, History, or Prophets categories.  While these books are different, they each artistically teach the wisdom in keeping God’s Law. In light of what is recorded in the Old Testament narratives, prescribed in the Law, reminded by the prophets, will God’s people be able to make wise decisions in life? Download Handout – Session 7 – Interpreting the Writings…

Interpreting the Law

In our study of Hermeneutics, we come to one of the most difficult sections of Scripture to interpret – the Law. Oftentimes, New Testament believers go too far in relation to the Law – either by expressing strict obedience to all types or by ignoring the commandments altogether as not applying to us.  We must find a healthy balance when it comes to interpreting this wonderful section of Scripture. Download Handout – Session 6 – Interpreting the Law Facts Pertaining to…

Interpreting the Narratives

In the study of hermeneutics, one of the most critical steps is learning how to interpret narratives.  Narratives are the story form of literature.  60% of the Bible is composed of historical narratives.  How should we interpret an event that happened one time to one person or to one people? Download Handout – Session 5 – Interpreting the Narratives Narrative Principles In reading the biblical narratives, we must be aware of the three levels: Top Level – the complete universal plan…

The Meaning of a Text

As we continue in our hermeneutics study, it is important to discuss how we determine the meaning of a text. Download Handout – Session 4 – The Meaning of a Text Who Controls the Meaning? Who controls the meaning of a biblical text?  There are two options: Authorial Intent: Meaning is determined by the intention of the author. Reader Response: Meaning is determined by the reader or by a community of readers. The author of any text is the ultimate authority…

The Importance of Context

When it comes to reading Scripture, context is key.   Too much of our current biblical study focuses on isolated verses and neglects the context of which the verses were originally written. As we study Scripture, we must acknowledge the reader’s context and identify the author’s context. Download Handout – Session 3 – The Importance of Context The Reader’s Context Preconceived Notions Preunderstanding is the dangerous collection of preconceived notions that we bring to the text before actually studying the text…

The Interpretation of Translation

In the 2nd week of our Hermeneutics course, we learned about “The Interpretation of Translation.”  The Bible in our possession has divisions of testaments, books, chapters and verses.  66 books are included and many religious books were left out.  In addition, the Bible was composed in 3 different languages, and a reading in English means that someone has already began the process of hermeneutics without us really thinking about it. Download Handout – Session 2 – The Interpretation of Translation The…

The Task of Hermeneutics

These are the notes from our 1st hermeneutics course through Equip. Download Handout – Session 1 – Hermeneutics HERMENEUTICS SESSION 1: THE TASK OF HERMENEUTICS Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.  -2 Tim. 2:15 BOOKS: 40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible by Robert L. Plummer (Kregel, 2010)  Grasping God’s Word by J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays. Revised (Zondervan, 2012)…