Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Week 1: Foundational Principles for Bible Interpretation

This week we introduced the basic ABCs of Bible interpretation. These skills will be the foundation for our entire class. 

Class Discussion:
  • Reader-centered approach vs. Author-centered approach to the text
  • How to study a Bible verse:
    • Identify your bias
    • Ask questions
    • Identify the larger thought-unit (near context and far context)

  • Matt. 18:18

At-Home Skills Practice:

  • Step 1: Read through Genesis 1–11 at least one time. Ideally, do this all in one sitting. But if you can’t do that, do it in two.
  • Step 2: Read through Genesis 1:1–2:3 at least 3 times this week out loud. Do this at different times in the week.
  • Step 3: Write out 10 questions that you have about Genesis 1:1–2:3 (just like we practiced in class together). Bring these questions with you to next week’s class.
  • Step 4: Meditate on this creation account through your week. What is the main point of this passage? Ask the Holy Spirit to help you. Bring your answer with you next week to class.

Digging Deeper: