Understanding God’s Written Word
Among the questions much discussed among Bible-believing Christianity today are the following: How do we read the Bible? How do we distinguish between literal and figurative language? How does the original context (historical, literary, cultural) impact our understanding of Scripture? How does our context influence our reading of Scripture? Are there right and wrong ways to use Scripture? What are common fallacies?
Understanding God’s Written Word considered the matter of hermeneutics: the ‘rules’ for exegesis, for coming to understand Scripture. Among others attention was paid to how language, genre, and culture impacts our understanding of Scripture. As illustrations for the influence of culture the final lecture looked at the topics of man’s creation (Genesis 2:7) and the role of women (1 Timothy 2:12).