Dear BTCL Class,
We will not be meeting this coming Thursday September 28th, so you have an extra week to get caught up on your Bible reading schedule and your assignments!
Your assignment for Thursday, October 5th, 2017:
– read pages 61-70 in your manual and do the assignments on pages 61, 62, 63, 65, 67, 68, and 70
– in Jonah, from your observations, write at least one interpretive principle for each chapter
Thank you for your work last Thursday night as we continued our study of the INTERPRETATION step in Bible Study Methods. We covered three of the remaining four general rules of interpretation. You also did good work on your Observations of Jonah at your tables. I have attached the documents modeling Observation of Jonah to this e-mail for your reference.
Remember that as we interpret the Bible, we are looking for the Timeless Truths, rooted in the text of the Scripture that are good for all people, at all places, at all times.
Our overall goals for last Thursday night were:
– that we understand: interpreting in view of history/culture, in view of literary form, and in view of other parts of Scripture
– that we begin to apply the six general rules of interpretation when we study the Bible
– that we begin to automatically ask interpretive questions when we hear, see, or read teaching declared to be from the Bible
We have already addressed the following general rules:
1. Interpret literally; taking words, phrases, and sentences in their normal, natural customary sense. Key Point: what it says is what it means.
2. Interpret in context, noting what precedes and follows a passage, and how it is related to other passages in the text. Key Point: CONTEXT, CONTEXT, CONTEXT.
3. Interpret in view of history/culture; Key Point: culture does not determine meaning, it helps us discover meaning. As the Scripture unfolds chronologically, is the principle in the passage at hand repeated, reinforced, rescinded, relevant, required?
4. Interpret in view of literary form; Key Point: the literary form affects the proper interpretation of the passage.
5. Interpret in view of other parts of Scripture; Key Point: be sure and compare Scripture with Scripture and interpret unclear passages by clear ones.
We will address the last general rule on Thursday October 5th when we next meet:
6. Interpret in view theological consistency; Key Point: The character and nature of God are the same throughout Scripture…interpret accordingly.
After this we will begin covering the 8 “Special Rules of Interpretation”.
Under #5 above, regarding unclear passages, someone has given us this synopsis:
1. Some things are hard to understand due to our fallenness. 2 Pet. 3:16
2. Some things are not yet revealed. 1 Jn. 3:2
3. Some things were not meant for us to know; only the Lord knows all things. Dt. 29:29
4. Some things, if we were told, we would not believe. Hab. 1:5
5. But take courage! We have all we need for life and godliness. 2 Pet. 1:3
May the Lord continue to grow us into the image of the Lord Jesus as we study and apply His Word.
See you Thursday, Lord willing.