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Fee and Stuart.

1. Know: Hermeneutics is the art and science, or as some would say the theory and practice, of interpretation.

2. What do they say is the aim of a good interpretation? What is not the aim? The aim of good interpretation is not uniqueness; one is not trying to discover what no one else has ever seen before.

3. According to Fee and Stuart, what is the antidote to bad interpretation? Is not no interpretation but good interpretation, based on commonsense guidlelines.

4. They define “The Bible” in part as… The Bible is not a series of… propositions and imperatives; it is not simply a collection of “sayings from chairman God,” as though he looked down on us from heaven and said: “hey you down there, learn these truths. Number 1, there is no God but One, and I am he. Number 2, I am the Creator of all things, including humankind” – and so on, all the way through proposition number 7,777 and imperative number 7777.

5. 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.

6. “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 learn the special rules that apply to each of these literary forms (genres).

7. Know and be able to discuss the two types of ‘context’ mentioned in the reading. Why are these items important? Historical Context: Differs from book to book and has to do with several things: the time and culture of the author and his readers, that is the geographical, topographical, and political factors that are relevant to the authors setting; and the occasion of the book, letter, psalm, prophetic oracle, or other genre. Another important question of historical question is occasion and purpose.

Literary Context: 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. You must ask, “whats the point” of what you are reading, what is the auther saying, why are they saying it?

Important for correct interpretation, what is going on and what we can learn and apply to our lives today. It is important so we can actually learn who Christ was and about his earthly life.

8. What do Fee and Stuart say is the “only proper control for hermeneutics”? is to be found in the original intent of the biblical text. begins with solid “exegesis.”

9. 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.

10. What are potential problems with a “fuller” or “deeper” meaning? Who speaks for God? If the text never meant what it is now made to mean is how cults are born, and innumerouable lesser heresies.

11. 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.

12. What is the first concern of translators? Why? Is to be sure 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.


1. What is the traditional view of how the Bible was written? Also known as the Conservative View, this school accepts the biblical documents at face value. Since the biblical documents claim to record history, thiw view begins by accepting that claim as a working hypothesis.

2. How does the traditional view of the origin of the Bible differ from the modern view presented in the introduction? The traditional approach takes the view that God, by His nature, may intervene in space-time history on occasion and in fact is recorded as having done...
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