Inductive Bible Study Assignments for Submission #1

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BIBL 350 – Inductive Bible Study
Assignments for Submission #1

Assignment 2-1: Describe the five steps of the Interpretive Journey.

Answer each step with as much information as possible. In other words, do not just give a one line re-statement of the step, but write a summary type paragraph for each. Show me that you understand the interpretive journey process. Please limit your answer to the size of the text boxes.

“Grasping the text in their town” is step number one of the interpretative journey. In order to effectively do this, one must go to lengths to understand what the text meant to the biblical audience. One must look at the grammar and the writing style and analyze it to fully grasp the concept. One should end this step by creating one to two sentences that describe what the text meant to the biblical audience. At this time one should not be trying to generalize or come up with any theological principles. “Grasping the text in their town” is step number one of the interpretative journey. In order to effectively do this, one must go to lengths to understand what the text meant to the biblical audience. One must look at the grammar and the writing style and analyze it to fully grasp the concept. One should end this step by creating one to two sentences that describe what the text meant to the biblical audience. At this time one should not be trying to generalize or come up with any theological principles. Step #1:

Step number two is called “measuring the width of the river.” In this step, one would begin to look at the differences between the current time period and the time that the passage was written. Here one must discover the differences in the languages, time periods, cultures, and sometimes even differences in covenant with God. In this second step one is to identify the situation that the biblical audience faces in the passage.

Step number two is called “measuring the width of the river.” In this step, one would begin to look at the differences between the current time period and the time that the passage was written. Here one must discover the differences in the languages, time periods, cultures, and sometimes even differences in covenant with God. In this second step one is to identify the situation that the biblical audience faces in the passage.

Step #2:

Step three is called “crossing the Principlizing Bridge.” In step three, one would refer back to step one’s conclusions and finally begin looking for theological principles among them. One must compare the differences and similarities between the two cultures in order to “build a bridge” across the expanse of time. When coming up with a theological principle, one must remember that it has to be timeless and it cannot be bound to a specific event, either in the biblical situation, or ours today.

Step three is called “crossing the Principlizing Bridge.” In step three, one would refer back to step one’s conclusions and finally begin looking for theological principles among them. One must compare the differences and similarities between the two cultures in order to “build a bridge” across the expanse of time. When coming up with a theological principle, one must remember that it has to be timeless and it cannot be bound to a specific event, either in the biblical situation, or ours today.

Step #3:

The fourth step in the Interpretive Journey is where one would compare the theological principles found in step three with to the rest of what the Bible says. This step is called “consulting the Biblical map.” The purpose of this step is to make sure the theological principles are valid. The theological principle may need to be tweaked in this step. The fourth step in the Interpretive Journey is where one would compare the theological principles found in step three with to the rest of what the Bible says. This step is called “consulting the Biblical map.” The purpose of this step is to make sure the theological principles...
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