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  • Author: Erhard Hermann
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  • Suggest New Tag:: Hermeneutics, Bible Study Principles

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Scripture Theology Biblical Studies Bible Interpretation Hermeneutics
Erhard Hermann

e-Sword Version:
9.x - 10.x

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Hermeneutics, Bible Study Principles

This presents a brief overview of the principles of Biblical studies and interpretation. It takes a brief look at presuppositions, worldviews, focus of studying and context. There are timeline charts for the general events and approximate dates for books. It finishes with a brief overview of the events from creation to Revelation. It also includes the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy.

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So many people want to unlock the “secrets” of how to interpret the scriptures. I'll make this simple for everyone. You don't! Scripture interprets itself on the bases of two or three witnesses. If people would stop trying to interpret the bible, we would be more unified as the body. The bible was written to not be confusing and if you find it confusing then you are not reading it as it should be read.


The bible is not a dictionary that you would read it topically and it is not a fortune cookie that you would read it verse by verse.


The bible is multiple books and letters put together as a collection. It is meant to be read in context as individual books/letters, and in context as a collection.


Furthermore, context is not 3 verses above and 3 verses below. You may need to read an entire chapter or two or three to understand the full context of what the writer is saying. You may even have to read the entire book/letter to understand it. This is why Paul is misunderstood by so many because they do not read his letters in their full context.


Let the bible interpret itself, the Father does a better job at it than any of us can do.

That is exactly what Peter is talking about

 "Know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes by one’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever made by the will of man, but men being moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God". (2 Peter 1:20–21 LSB)
Paul also says the same kind of thing

"All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness", (2 Timothy 3:16 LSB)
Jesus could not have rebuked Satan with "it is written" to counter Satan's twisting of the Scriptures if there was more than one way to "interpret" Scripture. Scripture would not be authoritative if you could "interpret" it your own way.

Hermeneutics, (principles of interpretation) may not be the best word to use for this, though it is what is usually used. A better word may be "principles to properly understand the Scripture" as they were intended by looking at the plain reading of the text and the context. When these principles are applied, they do not allow for all sorts of individual and fanciful interpretations of Scripture.








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