Sunday, March 20, 2005

How we interpret the Bible


1. Symbolic - Objects are used to represent something else. Example: A dove is a symbol of peace.

2. Literal- Following the exact words of the original. Matter-of-fact.

3. Historical - Based on people and events of the past.

4. Psychological - Dealing with mental processes and feelings. The science of behavior.

Passage: Matthew 6 : 9 - 13


What is the historical, social, and cultural settings for a passage? (Set-up)

What is the context for a passage in the book in which it is contained? (Just before and after)

What is the immediate setting for the text? (Time and place)

What is the message of this passage for us today? (Inspired communication)

Another passage: I Corinthians 13

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