Interpretation How-To’s / 4 posts found

Going with the Flow, Part 1: Sentence Flow Diagramming

Assuming you've done your work with the <<preliminaries>>, here's the next step to putting your Bible study on steroids: doing a sentence flow diagram. I know, I know: totally unsexy. But, seriously, this is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE tool for studying the Bible(lots of exclamation points!!!!!!!!) because everyone who has a basic knowledge of English grammar truly can get a much clearer picture of a scripture passage with some very simple diagramming. Most translations are written, intentionally, in paragraph and verse form. By diagramming sentences according to grammar rules, you get to see how words, phrases, sentences, and even whole sections [...]

An Easter Gift for You

by nrweastman
Hello, friends! Somehow, despite personal and family health challenges for the past three months, I have managed to put together something for you about which I'm very excited. For those of you who were able to attend February's Your Biblical Breakthrough! Training Telesummit and followed the four lessons through to the last one, you know that I taught on how to use a Gospel synopsis Bible study tool. Oh dear, how I love those things. These simple-genius tools can open your eyes to things you never noticed before in the Gospels. Behind Door #1 With Easter in mind, as well [...]

Julie Coleman on “Context”

by nrweastman
When Bible Interpretation Goes Wrong: Context Matters By Julie Coleman Location, location, location. It was our number one consideration when house shopping. Location largely determines the value and desirability of a home. A beautiful home too far from work or in a bad school district has little attraction to the buyer. It makes a huge difference where a home is planted. The same can be said about the location, or context, of a passage of Scripture. The reason we study the Bible is to glean truth from God—to discover His perspective, His instruction, and hear His heart. So the last [...]

How Archaeology Can Inform Our Interpretation: Our Understanding of Day-to-day Living in the Past

"It’s important to read Bible passages in their historical and cultural context, because (1) many beliefs commonly accepted and acted-upon today are not found in the Bible (and vice versa), and (2) many of our cultural practices today did not exist back then (and vice versa). We must be (or become) aware of these facts when interpreting." _From Women, Leadership, and the Bible: How Do I Know What to Believe? A Practical Guide to Biblical Interpretation by Dr. Natalie Eastman (p. 120) For an interesting perspective on how archaeological evidence can assist our understanding of biblical history, including how people lived day-to-day [...]