A Way To Read The Bible: Preface (Part 1)
Over the next month I will blog through Fee and Stuart's book, How To Read The Bible For All It's Worth. My hope is this series gives some foundational understanding in reading our Bibles and prepares us for another blog series in the fall focused on reading the Bible Christotelically. The following content, and the following blog posts, is a summary and partial abridgement of Fee And Stuart’s book “Reading The Bible For All It’s Worth.” It is based solely on Fee And Stuart’s work and any help that this content gives should be credited to God’s grace through their effort. In other words, give God glory, thank Fee and Stuart and buy the book.
One of the main objectives in writing this book is the goal of describing and explaining the different genres of the books of the bible. There are large differences in how one might go about reading one of the Epistles compared to the strategy of studying a Psalm. Along with this goal is the desire of the intelligent reading of scripture. The study of exegesis and hermeneutics as well as the application of these theories within everyday study and obedience to God.
Exegesis: Literary commentary; the careful, systematic study of the Scripture to discover the original, intended meaning. To find out what was the original intent of the words of the Bible.
Hermeneutics: the process of applying the original text and it’s intended meaning to become culturally relevant to the reader.