The final book of the Bible is full of glorious promises and yet significant challenges. While the entire Bible has interpretive challenges, none is so difficult as the Book of Revelation. In our last session of hermeneutics, let us focus on how to be unashamed in our accurate study of this final book.
In our study of hermeneutics, the New Testament epistles are an important biblical genre on which to focus.
The Book of Acts is a unique book in all of Scripture. Being the only narrative-based book in the New Testament that isn’t a Gospel, extra hermeneutical precaution must be made.
As we approach the New Testament, the first hermeneutical task is to learn how to study the Gospels. The Gospels are the accounts written to portray the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Interpreting the Old Testament prophets is an important hermeneutics’ skill.
While the prophets are historical literature, they are more like sermons commenting on the events than detailed reporting of the events.
The Writings section of the Old Testament is also referred to as the Wisdom Literature. These books don’t fit naturally into the Law, History, or Prophets categories. While these books are different, they each artistically teach the wisdom in keeping God’s Law.
In our study of Hermeneutics, we come to one of the most difficult sections of Scripture to interpret – the Law.
Oftentimes, New Testament believers go too far in relation to the Law – either by expressing strict obedience to all types or by ignoring the commandments altogether as not applying to us. We must find a healthy balance when it comes to interpreting this wonderful section of Scripture.
In the study of hermeneutics, one of the most critical steps is learning how to interpret narratives. Narratives are the story form of literature. 60% of the Bible is composed of historical narratives. How should we interpret an event that happened one time to one person or to one people?