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BIBL 102 (Sp '15) T02 - The Interpretive Journey

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Hartmut Scherer

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Transcript of BIBL 102 (Sp '15) T02 - The Interpretive Journey

“to seize greedily”
Discovering Biblical Truth
(Adapted from Zondervan Academic Resources for "Grasping God's Word")
How can we
cross the river?
The Bible is
God’s communication
of himself
and his will to us.
We do not create meaning;
rather, we seek to discover
the meaning that is already
in the Bible.
Theological principles
are applicable to both
the biblical audience
and to Christians today.
We can use the
principlizing bridge to
cross the river of
!!! All principles are
ultimately rooted in
God’s character
and actions.
Five Steps of the Interpretive Journey
Intuitive approach
Spiritualizing approach
We need an
accurate, consistent approach
Get discouraged and give up
1 – Grasping the Text
in Their Town
What did the text mean to the biblical audience?
5 – Grasping the Text
in Our Town
How should individual Christians today apply the theological principle in their lives?
2 – Measuring the Width
of the River
What are the differences between the biblical audience and us?
3 – Crossing the
Principlizing Bridge
What is the theological principle in this text?
The Interpretive Journey
Basics of the Journey
Some Assumptions
understanding, "makes good sense"
practical know-how
holding on firmly
How can we find the theological principle?
look at the similarities and
(see step #2)
return to the
of the text for the biblical audience (step #1)
identify the
broader theological principle
(Validation) The theological principle should . . .
be reflected in the text (and context)
Why are the intuitive and spiritualizing approaches not adequate for interpreting biblical passages?
be timeless and not tied to a specific situation
not be culturally bound
harmonious with teachings of the rest of Scripture
be relevant to both the biblical and the contemporary audience
Why are the 5 steps of the interpretive journey important?
4 – Consult the
Biblical Map
How does the theological principle fit with the rest of the Bible?
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