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THE INTERPRETATIVE
JOURNEY
Introduction
WHY DO PEOPLE
ALL OVER THE WORLD
READ THE BIBLE?
Introduction
WHY DO YOU
READ THE BIBLE?
Introduction
Three Methods of Biblical Interpretation
• Intuitive or Feels-right Approach
• Spiritualizing Approach
• Shru...
Introduction
LESSONS FROM THE WEST WING
• All Christians must be able to interpret
Scripture.
• An Intuitive Approach will...
Basics of the Journey
Basics of the Journey
Step 1: Grasping
the Text in Their
Town
Question: What did
the text mean to the
biblical audience?
Basics of the Journey
Completing Step 1
• Read the text carefully and make
observations.
• Study the historical and litera...
Basics of the Journey
Step 2: Measuring
the Width of the
River to Cross
Question: What are
the differences
between the bib...
Basics of the Journey
Completing Step 2
• Account for common differences: culture,
language situation, time and covenant.
...
Basics of the Journey
Step 3: Crossing
the Principlizing
Bridge
Question: What is
the theological
principle in this text?
Basics of the Journey
Completing Step 3
• Recall the differences identified in Step 2.
• Identify any similarities between...
Basics of the Journey
A theological principle should…
• be reflected in the text.
• be timeless and not tied to a specific...
Basics of the Journey
Step 4: Consult the
Biblical Map
Question: How does
our theological
principle fit with the
rest of t...
Basics of the Journey
Completing Step 4
• Does this principle correlate with the rest
of the Bible?
• If in the Old Testam...
Basics of the Journey
Step 5: Grasping the Text in Our Town
Question: How should individual Christians
today live out the ...
Basics of the Journey
Basics of the Journey
Completing Step 5
• Apply the theological principle to the
specific situation of a contemporary
Chri...
The Interpretative Journey
AN EXAMPLE
JOSHUA 1:1-9
The Interpretative Journey
Step 1: Grasping the Text in Their Town
• “after the death of Moses” –Time of
Transition
• Mose...
The Interpretative Journey
Step 1: Grasping the Text in Their Town
• Presence –vs. 5, 9
• Strength & Courage –vs. 6, 7, 9
...
The Interpretative Journey
Step 1: Grasping the Text in Their Town
The Lord commanded Joshua, the new leader
of Israel, to...
The Interpretative Journey
Step 2: Measuring the Width
of the River to Cross
• We are not leaders of the nation of Israel....
The Interpretative Journey
Step 3: Crossing the Principlizing Bridge
• Similarities:
1. God has a calling on the life of e...
The Interpretative Journey
Step 3: Crossing the Principlizing Bridge
• Differences
1. We are not leaders of Israel
2. We a...
The Interpretative Journey
Step 3: Crossing the Principlizing Bridge
To be effective in serving God and successful
in the ...
The Interpretative Journey
Step 4: Consult the Biblical Map
The whole of Scripture affirms that God’s
people can draw stre...
The Interpretive Journey
Step 5: Grasping the Text in Our Town
• Spend more time meditating on God’s Word
by listening to ...
• A common misunderstanding of Leviticus. There are three types of laws in Leviticus, but people
lump them together and co...
THE INTERPRETATIVE
JOURNEY
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Chapter 2 the interpretative journey

  1. 1. THE INTERPRETATIVE JOURNEY
  2. 2. Introduction WHY DO PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD READ THE BIBLE?
  3. 3. Introduction WHY DO YOU READ THE BIBLE?
  4. 4. Introduction Three Methods of Biblical Interpretation • Intuitive or Feels-right Approach • Spiritualizing Approach • Shrug Your Shoulders Approach
  5. 5. Introduction LESSONS FROM THE WEST WING • All Christians must be able to interpret Scripture. • An Intuitive Approach will ultimately fail!
  6. 6. Basics of the Journey
  7. 7. Basics of the Journey Step 1: Grasping the Text in Their Town Question: What did the text mean to the biblical audience?
  8. 8. Basics of the Journey Completing Step 1 • Read the text carefully and make observations. • Study the historical and literary context. • Synthesize the meaning of the passage for the biblical audience.
  9. 9. Basics of the Journey Step 2: Measuring the Width of the River to Cross Question: What are the differences between the biblical audience and us?
  10. 10. Basics of the Journey Completing Step 2 • Account for common differences: culture, language situation, time and covenant. • Focus on the unique differences found in a specific text. • If you are studying an Old Testament passage, you must account for the life and work of Jesus Christ.
  11. 11. Basics of the Journey Step 3: Crossing the Principlizing Bridge Question: What is the theological principle in this text?
  12. 12. Basics of the Journey Completing Step 3 • Recall the differences identified in Step 2. • Identify any similarities between the biblical audience and contemporary life. • Holding the differences and similarities together, identify a broad theological principle. • Write out the theological principle, using present tense verbs.
  13. 13. Basics of the Journey A theological principle should… • be reflected in the text. • be timeless and not tied to a specific situation. • not be culturally bound. • correspond to the teaching of the rest of Scripture. • be relevant to both the biblical and contemporary audience.
  14. 14. Basics of the Journey Step 4: Consult the Biblical Map Question: How does our theological principle fit with the rest of the Bible?
  15. 15. Basics of the Journey Completing Step 4 • Does this principle correlate with the rest of the Bible? • If in the Old Testament, run your theological principle through the grid of the New Testament.
  16. 16. Basics of the Journey Step 5: Grasping the Text in Our Town Question: How should individual Christians today live out the theological principles?
  17. 17. Basics of the Journey
  18. 18. Basics of the Journey Completing Step 5 • Apply the theological principle to the specific situation of a contemporary Christian. • There are numerous applicational possibilities, because Christians today find themselves in a variety of situations.
  19. 19. The Interpretative Journey AN EXAMPLE JOSHUA 1:1-9
  20. 20. The Interpretative Journey Step 1: Grasping the Text in Their Town • “after the death of Moses” –Time of Transition • Moses & Joshua—divinely sanctioned leaders • “the Lord said to Joshua” –Divine Speech • Jordan River, Promised Land—Geographic Locations • Series of Exhortations (vs. 6-9)
  21. 21. The Interpretative Journey Step 1: Grasping the Text in Their Town • Presence –vs. 5, 9 • Strength & Courage –vs. 6, 7, 9 • Law –vs. 7, 8 • Success –vs. 7, 8
  22. 22. The Interpretative Journey Step 1: Grasping the Text in Their Town The Lord commanded Joshua, the new leader of Israel, to draw strength and courage from God’s empowering presence, to be obedient to the law of Moses, and to mediate on the law so that he would be successful in the conquest of the Promised Land.
  23. 23. The Interpretative Journey Step 2: Measuring the Width of the River to Cross • We are not leaders of the nation of Israel. • We are not setting out on the conquest of the Promised Land. • We are not under the old covenant of law.
  24. 24. The Interpretative Journey Step 3: Crossing the Principlizing Bridge • Similarities: 1. God has a calling on the life of each person. 2. God is present with us. 3. God’s Word requires obedience.
  25. 25. The Interpretative Journey Step 3: Crossing the Principlizing Bridge • Differences 1. We are not leaders of Israel 2. We are not on a journey to conquer the Promised Land 3. We are not living under the Old Covenant.
  26. 26. The Interpretative Journey Step 3: Crossing the Principlizing Bridge To be effective in serving God and successful in the task to which he has called us, we must draw strength and courage from his presence. We must also be obedient to God’s Word, meditating on it constantly.
  27. 27. The Interpretative Journey Step 4: Consult the Biblical Map The whole of Scripture affirms that God’s people can draw strength and courage from his presence. In the New Testament the Holy Spirit mediates God’s presence to his People. Also, in both the Old and New Testament God’s people are exhorted to mediate on Scripture.
  28. 28. The Interpretive Journey Step 5: Grasping the Text in Our Town • Spend more time meditating on God’s Word by listening to Christian music in your car. • If God calls you to a new, scary ministry be strengthened and encouraged by his presence.
  29. 29. • A common misunderstanding of Leviticus. There are three types of laws in Leviticus, but people lump them together and confuse which ones they should follow. • 1st type: The commands that have the phrase "speak to the sons of Israel" are addressed to Jews only, and never applied to non-Jews. • Example: "Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘You shall not eat any fat from an ox, a sheep or a goat' (Levi 7:23) The food restrictions in this category expired with Acts 10:13-16 (God made all foods clean after Jesus died and rose again). • 2nd type: The laws specific to the system of the Jewish civil government (comprised of judges). This government was disintegrated when Israel became a monarchy through King Saul. So its laws also expired. • Example: 'You may even bequeath them to your sons after you, to receive as a possession; you can use them as permanent slaves. But in respect to your countrymen, the sons of Israel, you shall not rule with severity over one another.' (Levi 25:46) • 3rd type: The parts of Leviticus that have "I am the Lord" are derived from God's character, so they apply to every human being, regardless of race. It's clarified by verses outside Leviticus (like Ecclesiastes 12:13 and Micah 6:8). • Example: 'The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt.' (Levi 19:34) Homosexuality (Levi 18:22), along with incest, bestiality are in this “I am the Lord Category, which is why they still apply to today’s morality.
  30. 30. THE INTERPRETATIVE JOURNEY

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