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August 17, 2009


Before I stumbled across the Never Read a Bible Verse article by Greg, I read the book How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon Fee and it changed the way that I read the bible. If you want an in depth covering of how to interpret the different types of biblical writing (narrative, laws, wisdom, prophetic, etc.) then I would highly recommend the book.

It seems to me that a breakdown of the process of interpretation would be to 1) Determine the intention/message of the writer to his original audience, and 2) Determine whether the author's intention/message is relevant to the contemporary audience.

The role of God the Holy Spirit is also important. Sometimes God will testify to your spirit by His Spirit that a promise though not originally written for you does in fact apply to you.

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