How to Read the Bible
Prerequisites to Biblical Interpretation
1. Spiritual Awakening
2. Recognition of the Inerrancy and Authority of Scripture
3. Dependence on God
Types of Bible Readers
(Some Very Few) Principles of Biblical Interpretation
1. Christocentric Emphasis
2. Exceptions are not the Rule.
3. Recognize the Genre.
4. Scripture Interprets Scripture.
5. Explicit Teaching vs Implicit Teaching
6. Progressive Revelation
7. Exegesis vs Eisegesis
8. Interpretation first, Application next
9. Literal vs Analogical Reading
10. Description is not Prescription.
Types of Bible Reading
1. Historical-Cultural Context
2. Literary Context
3. Passage Study
4. Word Study
Homework for Week 3: Use the above outline to study the following passage:
12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Which Bible translation should I read?
1. Historical Tradition
2. Accuracy to Original Documents
Comparison Of Byzantine And Alexandrian Families In Selected Passages
3. Translation Technique
Formal vs Functional
5. English Language
Comparison of Major English Translations
Horizontal Bible Study
Vertical Bible Study - Philippians 3:12-14
Bible translation linear chart: https://bg3-blog.s3.amazonaws.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/18110815/Bible-Translations.jpg
Formal vs Functional Chart: Robert L. Thomas, How to Choose a Bible Version: An Introductory Guide to English Translations (Fearn, Great Britain: Christian Focus Publications, 2000), 96.
Comparison of Major English Translations: Adapted from: Robert L. Thomas, How to Choose a Bible Version: An Introductory Guide to English Translations (Fearn, Great Britain: Christian Focus Publications, 2000), 146–157.