Biblical Interpretation Archive

Bible Versions (Part One)

This article first appeared in 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 SYNOPSIS What makes a Bible version “good” or “bad” and how can we tell the difference? The rapid increase in the number of major English Bible versions […]

The Paraphrase Principle

This article first appeared in the Practical Hermeneutics column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 26, number 3 (2003). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org I stumbled on a technique that can immediately tell me in some cases when a verse is being taken out of context, […]

Is Your Modern Translation Corrupt?

Summary King James Version Only advocates argue that all modern translations of the New Testament are based on Greek manuscripts that contain intentional doctrinal corruptions. However, an examination of the most important manuscripts underlying these translations demonstrates that such charges are based more upon prejudice than fact. The papyri finds of the last century, together […]

CONTEXT! CONTEXT! CONTEXT!

This article first appeared in the Practical Hermeneutics column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 26, number 2 (2003). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it […]

How to Interpret Your Bible Correctly (Part 2)

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 26, number 1 (2003). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org SYNOPSIS Two factors affect how we interpret the Bible. They are our preunderstanding and presuppositions and the principles of communication and understanding. Our preunderstanding includes anything and […]

How to Interpret Your Bible Correctly (Part 1)

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 25, number 4 (2003). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org SYNOPSIS As a student of the Bible you have probably encountered someone who disagrees with your interpretation of a passage. That person may be a cultist, a […]

The Inclusive Language Debate

This article first appeared in the Volume 22 / Number 4 issue of the Christian Research Journal. For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org THE CASE FOR GENDER-INCLUSIVE by Mark L. Strauss There are several points that need to be clarified in a discussion of the current controversy […]

Strong’s Concordance

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT STRONG’S CONCORDANCE Strong’s Concordance was written by Dr. James Strong, a professor of exegetical theology from Drew Theological Seminary in the late nineteenth century. A concordance is a practical tool for studying Scripture because 1) It helps the student locate any verse in Scripture if the student can remember only one or […]

The Best Study Bible

Overwhelmed by the number of choices in today’s glutted study Bible market? Let an expert on the subject guide you through the maze. The designation “study Bible” can refer to two things. In some contexts it refers to the translation itself, to a version of the Bible suitable for study. More often, however, it refers […]

Bringing Baptism Into Balance

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, often referred to as the Prince of Preachers, said that up until the time he was baptized, he was afraid to confess Christ. Thereafter, he lost all fear of man and never again hesitated to boldly profess his faith. He likened his baptism to “crossing the Rubicon or burning the boats. No […]

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