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.
It’s the perennial bestseller; you’ve heard of it often. But what is the Bible? Why is it so important to Christianity? What are we to do with it?
As an expositor of the Law Ezra points the way forward for Israel; they must read and interpret what God had already revealed to do His will. We do well to learn the same!