Biblical Exegesis Notes

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Biblical Exegesis Notes Exegesis means to “draw out” and is rooted out of the Greek. Hermeneutics is in the same way work through a text to fully understand it. Foundations of Biblical Interpretation The goal of biblical interpretation: A common answer is – to know the text . Johan Ernesti (1707-1781) would argue, “To know G-d better.” “One must stand under an object in order to understand it” (James Houston) What do we mean when we use the word “know”? What about the difference between so-called “head knowledge” and “heart knowledge”? (Consider Mk. 12:30) A healthy perspective from Jurgen Moltmann who distinguished two kinds of knowing: 1. knowing in “power” 2. knowing in “wonder” Knowing in wonder is the knowledge of friendship and relationship. Knowing in wonder and power is intrinsically valuable. Knowing in power is a very basic Christian value of getting things done. This can have a poisonous effect on ministry (i.e. preaching on Sunday just to preach and not because G-d gave you something from the Bible). What must we consider when looking at Scripture? Author, text, reader and the divine and human aspects of authorship and original and contemporary context. The Elements of a Proper Approach to Bible Study 1. G-d as Author: seek to encounter him (Proverbs 2) a. My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the lord and find the knowledge of G-d… To get to Solomon’s conclusion, an open mind must be applied. 2. Human Author: seek to empathize with him a. What does it take to truly know a person? 3. The Text : Love the truth a. It’s not just about knowing about the text, but loving the truth in the text b. (Proverbs 1:22; 8:17) c. Isaiah (Chapter 6) if the passage goes on, the point goes on. This is not about missions – it’s about having a desire to know the truth)
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d. Jesus’ ministry…Matt. 13 (parables): these are exposure of people’s orientation of truth; the disciples were blessed because they were curious about what the teachings meant. 4. Original Readers : Appreciate their situation; a. What kind of relationship with God did they have? b. What opportunities or problems did they face? 5. Contemporary Reader: recognize your tendencies to misread a. We all have an inherent selfish and sinful nature (the “flesh”) that affects not only our ability to do the right thing (morality), but also our ability to think rightly (mental). b.
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