How not to do word studies

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How do we handle the text of Scripture sensitively? What difference does it make that the Bible we read today was originally composed 2000+ years ago?

This presentation from Wycliffe Bible Translators considers some of the challenges faced by working with a text that was written at a different point in history in a different language to English and for a different culture.

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How not to do word studies

  1. 1. How not to do word studies: Discovering biblical concepts
  2. 2. <ul><li>Consider the following: </li></ul><ul><li>“ I love ice cream” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I love my husband” </li></ul><ul><li>“ God loves me” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I love Monday mornings” </li></ul><ul><li>Is the meaning of love the same in each case? </li></ul><ul><li>Words do not have meaning in isolation. They only have a meaning in context. </li></ul><ul><li>Words never have all of their possible meanings in any one particular context . </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>A conversation from yesterday: </li></ul><ul><li>Sue: ‘I don’t have a pen’ </li></ul><ul><li>Student: ‘I’ve got one’ </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is language? <ul><li>Just a bunch of words? </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>A nice cup of tea </li></ul><ul><li>Du pain, du vin, du Boursin </li></ul><ul><li>Ein glas Bier </li></ul>
  6. 12. Good and bad – which is which?
  7. 13. <ul><li>Where is the past? Where is the future? </li></ul><ul><li>Behind you! (?) </li></ul>
  8. 16. Did he run, run, run, run, run or run?
  9. 17. Did s/he carry or carry or carry …?
  10. 23. <ul><li>Language – a container or a pointer? </li></ul>
  11. 25. <ul><li>Isaiah 62:4: </li></ul><ul><li>No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate . But you will be called Hephzibah , and your land Beulah : for the LORD will take delight in you, and your land will be married. (NIV) </li></ul><ul><li>(There are footnotes explaining the meanings of Hephzibah and Beulah) </li></ul><ul><li>Your name will no longer be “Deserted and Childless,” but “Happily Married.” You will please the LORD; your country will be his bride. (CEV) </li></ul>
  12. 26. <ul><li>Greek word: charis </li></ul><ul><li>Translated, depending on the context, as: </li></ul><ul><li>Grace </li></ul><ul><li>Favour </li></ul><ul><li>Credit </li></ul><ul><li>Gratitude </li></ul><ul><li>Thanks </li></ul><ul><li>Thanksgiving </li></ul><ul><li>Gift </li></ul>
  13. 33. <ul><li>Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. </li></ul><ul><li>(Revelation 21:2) </li></ul>
  14. 37. <ul><li>Genesis 22:18 </li></ul><ul><li>‘ through your offspring all the nations of the earth will be blessed’ </li></ul>

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