Interpreting the Bible: Old Testament Interpretation

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The Old Testament is a wealth of treasure for the Christian if he or she is willing to explore it. We do well to understand how to best handle the Old Testament and its interpretation.

Interpreting the Bible: Old Testament Interpretation

Interpreting the Bible: Old Testament Interpretation
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Interpreting the Bible: Literal and Figurative Language

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The Bible can be understood; God has communicated His purposes so that people can come to a knowledge of the truth and be saved (1 Timothy 2:4). God communicated according to human conventions of language, including in both literal and figurative ways. We do well to explore literal and figurative language in Scripture.

Interpreting the Bible: Literal and Figurative Language

Interpreting the Bible: Literal and Figurative Language
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Interpreting the Bible: Basic Hermeneutics

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God has communicated His will and purposes through the prophets and Apostles; they recorded those messages in the Old and New Testaments (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 1:1). God communicated His purposes to be understood: good guidelines exist which help us properly make sense of what God has said. We do well to explore these guidelines for interpretation, known as basic hermeneutics.

Interpreting the Bible: Basic Hermeneutics

Interpreting the Bible: Basic Hermeneutics
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Bible Versions and Differences in Translation

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Anyone who would read the Bible in English is confronted with an alphabet soup of translations and versions. What are the differences among them? What Bibles should we read? Today we explore the differences among versions based in translation of the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek.

Bible Versions and Differences in Translation

Bible Versions and Differences in Translation
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Bible Versions and Differences in Texts

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The reader of the Bible in English is confronted with an alphabet soup of Bible translations and versions. We begin to explore the differences in Bible versions by exploring the differences which sometimes exists in the base Greek texts.

Bible Versions and Differences in Texts

Bible Versions and Differences in Texts
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The Old Testament Text

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The Old Testament represents the majority of our Bibles. Where did it come from? Can we have confidence that it accurately reflects God’s words and work among the Israelites?

The Old Testament Text

The Old Testament Text
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The New Testament Text

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Our understanding of what God has done in Jesus of Nazareth derives from what is made known in the New Testament. Many would cast aspersions on the quality and accuracy of the New Testament we have in English translations today. What shall we say to these things? Can we have confidence in the New Testament as the full, complete revelation of what God has made known in Jesus, and that our New Testaments accurately reflect the texts as written so long ago?

The New Testament Text

The New Testament Text
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The Bible: Our Spiritual Standard

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The world is full of all sorts of religious claims. Christians still insist on using the Bible as their spiritual standard. How can that be?

The Bible: Our Spiritual Standard

The Bible: Our Spiritual Standard
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The Nature of Inspiration

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Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness: that the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

Christians believe in “plenary inspiration” of the Bible: the Bible is complete, and the Bible is inspired of God. What does it mean to believe in the inspiration of the Bible? What, exactly, is inspired, and what does that look like when reading and interpreting the text?

The Nature of Inspiration

The Nature of Inspiration
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The Authority of the Bible

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Christians are known as people who are supposed to read the Bible and do the things it says to do. But why is that? On what basis is the Bible authoritative for Christianity?

The Authority of the Bible

The Authority of the Bible
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