Biblical Interpretation Archive

Do James and Paul Contradict Concerning Grace?

Scripture is a song, borne of the Spirit, repeated over time and countless generations, a gift of precious worth to those whose hearts are in tune to its underlying faith-inspiring tones. No matter how closely we may examine any one text, we must remember that it is but one movement in the symphony that is […]

Firstborn: How to Do a Word Study

This article first appeared in the Practical Hermeneutics column of the Christian Research Journal, volume27, number6 (2004). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org If someone were to ask you, “What does the word dog mean?” you might respond, “Well, use it in a sentence!” Most words have […]

Psalm 2:7

This article first appeared in the Practical Hermeneutics column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 28, number 3 (2005). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org “I will surely tell of the decree of the Lord: He said to Me, ‘Thou art My Son, Today I have begotten […]

Confronting Literary Realism in the Bible

This article first appeared in the Practical Hermeneutics column of the Christian Research Journal, volume30, number5 (2007). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org A Christian writer adduces what he considers “just a cursory list” of the atrocities that the Bible depicts, in the following paragraph: …blasphemy (2Kings18:28–19:5), […]

Be Still and Observe the Text

This article first appeared in the Practical Hermeneutics column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 28, number 4 (2005). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of Transcendental Meditation, appeals to Psalm46:10 to support his teaching that “God-realization” is the answer to suffering: […]

What Are We Teaching about how to Handle Scripture Correctly?

This article first appeared in the From the Editor column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 28, number 3 (2005). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org Any student of Christian apologetics knows that cults and aberrant groups that are offshoots of Christianity thrive on misinterpretations and misapplications […]

Presumed Innocent until Proven Guilty

This article first appeared in the Practical Hermeneutics column of the Christian Research Journal, volume29, number5 (2006). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org The Bible’s contact with history is one of its greatest strengths. Its accounts are unlike the folklore and myth of the sacred writings of […]

When Literal Interpretations Don’t Hold Water

This article first appeared in the Practical Hermeneutics column of the Christian Research Journal, volume29, number4 (2006). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org Conservative Christians have acquired the label literalists because they accept the record of supernatural events in the Bible as literally true, whereas liberal Christians […]

The Analogy of Faith

This article first appeared in the Practical Hermeneutics column of the Christian Research Journal, volume29, number2 (2006). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org There is a principle of biblical interpretation called the analogy of faith that is popularly understood to mean “Scripture interprets Scripture,” or “Scripture interprets […]

Bible Versions (Part Two)

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 28, number 4 (2005). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org SYNOPSIS Christians who are serious about the Bible tend to gravitate toward a single version, which results in the tendency to identify versions that differ from their […]