Module 1 Study Guide
• Know the four basic steps of the interpretive journey. • Know the order of these four basic steps. Why is order important in following the interpretive journey? • What is a theological principle? Does it apply only to modern readers, or did theological principles apply to the original recipients of Scripture as well? • What are some of the barriers that constitute the "river" distancing readers of the Bible from an accurate understanding of the meaning of the text? • Are theological principles always culturally bound, or can they transcend culture? • What differences exist between modern readers and the biblical audience? How does this affect how we determine the meaning of the text? Chapter 2
• Know that at the level of observation, we are not yet determining the meaning of the text. Rather, we are simply seeking to know the facts that lie before us. • Know and be able to distinguish between elements of discourse for which keen observers should look in sentences. These are listed in the textbook and include the repetition of words, contrasts, comparisons, etc. Chapter 3
• Be able to describe the general-to-specific literary feature that biblical authors often use to communicate ideas to their audiences. • Know which literary and grammatical features are important in the observation of paragraphs. These are listed in the textbook and include question and answer, purpose statements, conditional clauses, etc. Chapter 4
• How does the textbook use the term "discourse"?
• When observing discourse, what does the term "interchange" describe? What does this feature look like in narrative literature? • Know which literary and structural features are important in the observation of discourse. These are listed in the textbook, and include story shifts, interchange, chiasm, etc.
Module 2 Study Guide
• Be able to define and distinguish between preunderstanding and presuppositions. • Does the textbook suggest that preunderstanding is positive or negative? Is it avoidable or unavoidable? • How does the textbook view presuppositions as they impact biblical interpretation? Chapter 6
• Be able to define and describe what is meant by historical-cultural context. • How does historical-cultural context impact the meaning of the biblical text? Why is this kind of context so important when interpreting the Bible (as opposed perhaps to contemporary literature)? • Be able to list the various tools that are useful for gleaning information related to historical-cultural context. In what particular way does each of these tools aid our understanding of biblical history and culture? Chapter 7
• According to the textbook, what is the most important principle of biblical interpretation? • When applied to the field of biblical studies, to what does the expression "literary genre" refer? In light of the need to study the Bible contextually, is topical preaching ever a valid approach to preaching the Bible?
Module 3 Study Guide
• Note the relationship between context and lexicology. In biblical interpretation, which takes precedence over the other in determining the meaning of words and phrases? • What is etymology? How does a word’s etymology affect the determination of meaning? • To what does semantic range refer in the field of lexicology? What role does determining a word’s semantic range have in the process of doing a word study? Chapter 9
• What is the difference between an autograph and a manuscript in the study of the transmission of the biblical text? Are there variants among the extant (existing and discovered) manuscripts of the Bible? • How do the transmission of the biblical text and the translation of the biblical text relate to one another? How would you define and distinguish these terms? • What approach to translation does the textbook favor? ...
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