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.
1. Know: Hermeneutics is the art and science, or as some would say the theory and practice, of interpretation. Proper hermeneutics begins with solid “exegesis”.
The only proper control for hermeneutics is to be found in the original of the biblical text. The original meaning of the text is the objective point of control. A text cannot mean what it never meant. The true meaning of the biblical text for us is what God originally intended it to mean when it was first spoken. We should be properly concerned whenever anyone says he or she has God’s deeper meaning of a text – especially if the text never meant what it is now made to mean. 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. The aim of good interpretation is simple: to get at the “plain meaning of the text”. And the most important ingredient one brings to this is enlightened common sense. 3. 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. 4. They define “The Bible” in part as… The Bible is not a series of… The Bible, however, is not a series of prepositions and imperatives, it is not simply a collection of “Saying 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 to proposition number 7,777 and imperative 777. 5. Know the kinds of “communication” mentioned that God uses to convey his Word. Narrative, history,...
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