Hermeneutics - DB task 2

Hermeneutics - DB task 2 - Four challenges for Bible...

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Four challenges for Bible interpretation are listed in your text—the distance of time, cultural distance, geographical distance, and distance of language. Offer an argument for which challenge is the easiest to overcome and which is the most difficult. Be sure to define the challenge and to identify clearly the problems inherent in it. The interpretation of the Bible, as defined in question 1, contains at least four central challenges for the interpreter. The distance of time, cultural distance, geographical distance and distance of language. Some of these challenges are well summarize by Corley, Lemke and Lovejoy, when saying that: History is about people – and people live at places (geography) and in association with other people (society). They have things (material culture) and ideas (intellectual and religious culture). Some of their culture (including written records) often survives them as is studied by other people (anthropologists and archaeologists). All of these factors are true of the Hebrews and the Christians of the biblical era. This information greatly enhances our understanding of the biblical authors’ historical background and thus better equips us to interpret their documents. 1 The distance of time is one of the most arguable challenges. It is often said by non- Christians, “what a two thousand years old book could tell me about my life?” The question is valid and one needs to have the gap of time in mind when interpreting the Bible. Duvall and Hays put in this way:
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