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