Through this ongoing series, we want to share theological resources that have helped us grow in knowledge and understanding of the Lord, and appreciation for our shared Christian faith through the wider body of Christ. Whether blog posts, music, books, podcasts, visual art, etc., we hope that you can discover new sources of edification and encouragement.
As we continually grow in doing the work of understanding the Bible and applying it to our lives, we want to share some of the information and resources that have helped us form both our approach to the Bible and our practice of interpretation. So, the theme for today’s Spotlight is "hermeneutics."
n. 1. The science of interpretation and explanation; exegesis; esp., that branch of theology which defines the laws whereby the meaning of the Scriptures is to be ascertained.
"Illumination, or Truth Made Clear," by S. Lewis Johnson
"What is the only starting point for understanding the Bible how God intended us to know it? S. Lewis Johnson teaches: ‘To understand the Bible is not a question of brains or intellect. To understand the Bible is not a question, therefore, of the degrees that we may have from institutions of human learning. It is a matter of desire and subjection to the Holy Spirit.’ Be encouraged, sister, through this sermon on the doctrine of illumination that you have a Teacher within you—beyond any human teacher—leading you in your study to a true understanding of the Scriptures." – Lianna
Overarching Storyline of the Bible
"The Bible is one big story; every passage relates to the whole. Learning how to articulate and connect the pieces of the Bible is a powerful and important aspect not only to Biblical interpretation, but to understanding our place in God's story—who we all are as people on this planet and where the grand story of this world is headed. Nancy Guthrie shares the big picture of the Bible in this lecture." – Lianna
40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible, by Robert Plummer
"This book is easy to access topically if there are questions of Biblical interpretation of special interest to you. You can also read it linearly to take in a survey of hermeneutical topics, like questions on canonicity, the meaning of "meaning," interpretation of literary genres, or current trends in hermeneutical methods. The answers to each question are both packed with information and succinct. You’ll likely learn from this book if you have been studying the Bible for years, but it is equally as appropriate for the new student of the Word." – Lianna
"The Blue Letter Bible App is a great resource to study the Bible, and it's incredibly handy that it is easy to access from a smartphone. The app directly links to Bible dictionaries, concordances, written and audio commentaries, and allows you to compare different translations. Personally, I love researching verses using the concordance and gaining a broader understanding and perspective on the text from the commentaries." -Abby
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