STUDY GUIDE: MODULE 1
As you read this week’s textbook reading assignments, take notes in response to these questions and statements. This study guide will help you to prepare for your quiz.
Fee and Stuart.
Know: Hermeneutics is the art and science, or as some would say the theory and practice, of interpretation.
What do they say is the aim of a good interpretation? What is not the aim? To get the plain meaning of the text; not the aim… uniqueness - one is not trying to discover what no else have ever seen before
According to Fee and Stuart, what is the antidote to bad interpretation? The antidote to bad interpretation is not no interpretation but good interpretation based on commonsense guidelines.
They define “The Bible” in part as… The Bible is not a series of… both human and divine God's word given in human words in history; it is not… propositions or imperatives not a collection of sayings from a chairman God
Know the kinds of “communication” mentioned that God uses to convey his Word. narrative history, genealogies, chronicles, laws of all kinds, poetry of all kinds, proverbs, prophetic oracles, riddles, drama, biographical sketches, parables, letters, sermons, and apocalypses.
“To interpret properly the “then and there” of the biblical texts, you must…” Not only know some general rules that apply to all the words of the Bible but you also need to know the special rules that apply to each of these genres.
Know and be able to discuss the two types of ‘context’ mentioned in the reading. Why are these items important? Historical Context - The author's time, culture, audience, geographical, topographical, and political factors. Also gives the occasion for the author's writing. Literary Context - this is what most people mean when they talk about reading something in it's context. Essentially, literary context means first that words only have meaning in sentences, and second that biblical sentences for the most part only have clear meaning in relation to preceding and succeeding sentences.
What do Fee and Stuart say is the “only proper control for hermeneutics”? solid exegesis
According to the authors, “The true meaning of the biblical text for us is…” What God originally intended it to mean when it was first spoken
What are potential problems with a “fuller” or “deeper” meaning? Who speakes for God
What is the problem with using only one translation? You are thereby committed to the exegetical choices of that translation as the word of God.
What is the first concern of translators? Why?
That the Hebrew or Greek text they are using is as close as possible to the original wording as it left the author's hands, or the hands of the scribe taking it down by dictation
1. What is the traditional view of how the Bible was written? Conservative view. Accepts the biblical documents at face value. it assumes that the documents are indeed historical even while carefully assessing that claim.
2. How does the traditional view of the origin of the Bible differ from the modern view presented in the introduction? Traditional view accepts that claim as a working hypothesis Modern view approaches the biblical documents as suspect at best.
3. What is the concept of canon, and why is it important? a standard that something else is measured against. a group of writings regarded as authentic used to describe the body of literature we call the Bible
4. In the NT, why were many of the Epistles written before the Gospels? the early church was convinced that the return of Jesus was right around the corner and thus at first a written argument that He was the Messiah did not seem to be needed.
5. Why did it take time for the NT canon to be agreed upon? Because most of the NT books are letters to various churches through the mediterranean region.
6. What is the...
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