Monday, August 05, 2013


Reading Scripture

Reformation Theology lists "16 Rules of Biblical Interpretation":
  1. Consider the Author
  2. Consider the Audience
  3. The Meaning of Words
  4. Historical Setting
  5. Grammar
  6. Textual Issues
  7. Syntax
  8. Form of Literature
  9. Immediate Context
  10. Document Context
  11. Author’s Context
  12. Biblical Context
  13. Understand the difference between prescriptive and descriptive statements in the Bible.
  14. Build all doctrine on necessary rather than possible inferences.
  15. Interpret the unclear passages in Scripture in light of the clear.
  16. Think for yourself but not by yourself.
This is really good stuff - really good. Too many people read the Bible in that "What does this mean to me?" light and never ask the question of what the author was trying to say.

The Bible speaks to us, it does not serve us.


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