'hermeneutics' Tagged Posts

'hermeneutics' Tagged Posts

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? Job: Testimonial Wisdom Job suffers not for his…

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. Facts Pertaining to the Law The Old Testament contains 613 commandments.…

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? Narrative Principles In reading the biblical narratives, we must be aware of the three levels: Top Level – the complete universal plan of the Sovereign God being worked through his…

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. 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 of its meaning. We wouldn’t believe we could read a…

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. Notes from session 3 of hermeneutics: 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 itself. Preunderstanding includes…

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. Here are some notes from week 2. The Bible is:…

The Task of Hermeneutics

These are the notes from our 1st hermeneutics course through Equip. 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) BEFORE SEPT. 10, READ GRASPING GOD’S…