40 Questions You Should Ask When Interpreting the Bible

Oct 20
40 questions to ask

40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible is a condensed discussion of a wide variety of important issues for the beginning student in the area of biblical studies. The question-answer format is a nice way to pique the students’ interest and provide an answer to their questions at the same time.” – Paul D. Wegner, Professor of Old Testament, Phoenix Seminary

BELOW ARE THE 40 QUESTIONS ANSWERED IN THE BOOK:

1 What Is the Bible?
2 How Is the Bible Organized?
3 Who Wrote the Bible-Humans or God?
4 Does the Bible Contain Error?
5 Were the Ancient Manuscripts of the Bible Transmitted Accurately?
6 Who Determined What Books Would Be Included in the Bible?
7 Which Is the Best English Bible Translation?

Part 2 Approaching the Bible Generally
Section A Questions Related to Interpretation
8 Why Is Biblical Interpretation Important?
9 How Has the Bible Been Interpreted Throughout Church History?
10 What Are Some General Principles for Interpreting the Bible? (1)
11 What Are Some General Principles for Interpreting the Bible? (2)
12 How Can I Improve as an Interpreter of the Bible?
13 What Are Some Helpful Books or Tools for Interpreting the Bible?

Section B Questions Related to Meaning

14 Who Determines the Meaning of a Text?
15 Can a Text Have More Than One Meaning?
16 What Is the Role of the Holy Spirit in Determining Meaning?
17 What Is the Overarching Message of the Bible?
18 Is the Bible Really All About Jesus?
19 Do All the Commands of the Bible Apply Today?
20 Why Can’t People Agree on What the Bible Means?

Part 3 Approaching Specific Texts
Section A Shared Genres (Questions Apply Equally to Old and New Testaments)
21 How Do We Identify Literary Genre-and Why Does It Matter?
22 How Do We Interpret Historical Narratives?
23 How Do We Interpret Prophecy? (General Guidelines)
24 How Do We Interpret Prophecy? (Typology)
25 How Do We Interpret Apocalyptic Literature?
26 How Do We Interpret Exaggerated or Hyperbolic Language?
27 How Do We Interpret Figures of Speech?

Section B Primarily Old Testament Genres
28 How Do We Interpret Proverbs?
29 How Do We Interpret Poetry?
30 How Do We Interpret the Psalms? (Classification of Psalms)
31 How Do We Interpret the Psalms? (Principles of Interpretation)

Section C Primarily New Testament Genres
32 How Do We Interpret Parables? (History of Interpretation)
33 How Do We Interpret Parables? (Principles of Interpretation)
34 How Do We Interpret Letters or Epistles? (Structure and Nature)
35 How Do We Interpret Letters or Epistles? (General Guidelines)

Part 4 Issues in Recent Discussion
36 What Does the Bible Tell Us About the Future?
37 What Is Biblical Criticism?
38 What Is “Speech Act Theory”?
39 What Is the “Theological Interpretation of Scripture”?
40 What Are Some Other Recent Trends in Biblical Interpretation?

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