Cincinnati Christian University
R. Russell Mack, Ph.D.
BEX 200 Hermeneutics, R. Russell Mack, Ph.D.
I. 1A Why are there different interpretations of the Bible?
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Chapter 12: Wisdom: Then and Now
Hebrew wisdom is a category of literature that is unfamiliar to many modern Christians. This is
because they are often misunderstood or misapplied and therefore benefits that God had
intended are lost.
Three Old Testament
Chapter 10: The Prophets: Enforcing the Covenant in Israel
More books in the bible are considered to be prophecy than anything else.
Four of the Major Prophets are Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel. There are also twelve Minor
Prophets who are account
Chapter 9: The Law(s): Covenant Stipulations for Israel
The three defining narratives for Israel as a people are found in the book of Exodus. These three
consist of their deliverance from slavery in Egypt, the return of the presence of God as
7. The Gospels: One Story, Many Dimensions
The materials of the Gospels are divided into the teachings of Jesus and stories about Jesus.
The four gospels form a unique literary genre for which there are few real analogies. It is that
uniqueness that prese
Chapter 11: The Psalms: Israels Prayers and Ours
The book of Psalms is a collection of inspired Hebrew prayers and hymns and it is probably the
most popular portion of the Old Testament.
It is also often appended to copies of the New Testament.
Chapter 8: The Parables: Do You Get the Point?
The parables are used to make a point and either prick or comfort the heart.
The parables often suffer the fate of misinterpretation in the church. It is second only to
The Parables in History
The Old Testament Narratives: Their Proper Use
The most common type of literature in the Bible is narrative.
As a Christian, the Old Testament is your spiritual history. The promises and calling of God to
Israel is also your historical pr
Chapter 6: Acts: The Question of Historical Precedent
Most Christians do not read Acts in the same way they read Judges or 2 Samuel, even if they are
not fully aware of it.
When we read the Old Testament, we tend to moralize, allegorize, personalize, and
3. The Epistles: Learning to Think Contextually
The Nature of the Epistles
While dealing with Epistles, one must for a tentative and informed reconstruction of the
situation that is being subjected toward by the author.
A Bible dictionary or commentar