Background Scripture:

Romans 15:4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

Podcast Sections:

0:00 Introduction to interpretation
1:23 Hazards to interpretation – time barrier, books written long ago
2:58 Hazards to interpretation – space or geographical barrier, books written to other lands
4:19 Hazards to interpretation – cultural barrier, books written to people with other cultures
5:30 Shifting gender in newer translations and possible impacts on understanding
6:45 Hazards to interpretation – language. Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek
8:25 Hazards to interpretation – literary. Writing styles including narrative and poetry
9:35 Hazards to interpretation – communication. Ideas that are hard to bridge
11:27 Understanding the Bible is the most important thing to apply our minds to
12:09 Keys to interpreting scripture: content, context, comparison, culture, consultation
12:38 Understanding the book of Revelation
14:48 Content and interpretation
15:55 Context and interpretation
20:33 Context and the literary and historical background of the verse
23:50 Comparison and interpretation, between passages and translations
27:10 Key questions to ask when interpreting words, phrases or concepts
32:39 Culture and interpretation
35:40 Consultation and interpretation, looking at tools and other views (Concordances, Bible Dictionary, Bible Encyclopedias, Bible Atlas, Commentaries, other persons)
40:37 Looking to Jesus to see his interpretation of scripture
40:59 Jesus emphasizes relationships over ritual

Question 01

Deuteronomy 29:29 (referenced at 10:20 and Digging Deeper) speaks of the secret things that belong to God. Isaiah says we cannot understand God’s thoughts and ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). Does it bother you, as you study to Bible, to know that we may not be able to answer all of our questions about God through scripture?

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Question 02

Listen again to the discussion of Philippians 4:13 (I can do all things through him who strengthens me.) at 16:15 to 16:46 in the program. Now read Philippians 4:10 (provided in Digging Deeper). How much do these three extra verses change the context? What does this verse really mean?

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Question 03

Discuss Romans 10:9-10 (find in Digging Deeper) in light of Chris’ discussion from 18:25 to 19:46.

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Question 04

Fred mentions using a cross-reference (25:06) and Chris mentions an exhaustive concordance (26:08) as tools that help in study. Are there any Bible study tools you have used or would like to have?

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