Grasping Gods Word Assignment 20-10-20


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Grasping God’s Word

Keith Marriner 1

The Interpretive Journey



Basics of the Journey


Step 1: Grasping the Text in Their Town

Question: “What did the text mean to the biblical audience?”


First of all, the role of the interpreter is to ascertain the original intent of the biblical author.

This task is called “exegesis.” Exegesis is “the careful, systematic study of the Scripture to discover the original, intended meaning.”


 One must keep in mind that the books of the Bible were written by individuals to particular groups for a particular purpose. Without understanding the original intent of the biblical author, one may never properly apply the text for a contemporary audience. In order to understand what the text means


, one must come to an understanding of what it meant


. This is done by careful observation of the text. Read and reread the text, in order to get as much out of the text as possible. This is also where one will engage in any historical, literary, and grammatical anal



Step 2: Measuring the Width of the River to Cross

Question: “What are the differences between the biblical audience and us?”


There is much that separates today’s audience from the original audiences of Scripture. Today

persons are separated from the biblical audience by differences in language, culture, government, situation, covenants


and time. These differences must be addressed if one is to cross this river. C.

Step 3: Crossing the Principlizing Bridge

Question: “What is the theological principle in this text?”


The “theological principle” is p

art of the meaning of the text. This is the principle or principles that cross time and space. It is a timeless truth.

To identify the “theological principle” one must recall the differences (Step 2) and similarities between today’s audience and the origin

al audience. After this, return to the meaning for the biblical audience (Step 1) and try to identify


 Adapted from J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays,

Grasping God’s Word: A Hands

-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible,



 ed. (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2001), 21




 Duvall and Hays,

Grasping God’s Word,



 Gordon D. Fee & Douglas Stuart,

How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth: A Guide to Understanding the Bible,



ed. (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1993), 19.


 Duvall and Hays,

Grasping God’s Word,



 Duvall and Hays,

Grasping God’s Word,



BIBL 350






 Name: John Shisler Liberty University Email Address:

Assignment 1-1

: Select five translations that we taled about in this cha!ter. Select a !assa"e from the #ible $it must be at least two verses lon"% and write out how the translations render this  !assa"e. Ne&t' mar or hi"hli"ht the differences amon" the five translations. (rite a !ara"ra!h summari)in" what you have observed by com!arin" the translations. $!.*+% $

10 Points

%,assa"e -hosen  /enesis 0:0123ranslations Used  N4S5' ES5' 6J5' N6J5' N758ifference hi"hli"hted within verse' includin" some !unctuation differences. N4S5  7n the be"innin" when /od created the heavens and the earth' 9 the earth was a formlessvoid and darness covered the face of the dee!' while a wind from /od swe!t over the face of the waters. ES5  7n the be"innin"' /od created the heavens and the earth. 9 3he earth was without form andvoid' and darness was over the face of the dee!. And the S!irit of /od was hoverin" over the face of the waters.6J5  7n the be"innin" /od created the heaven and the earth. 9 And the earth was without form' and void and darness was u!on the face of the dee!. And the S!irit of /od moved u!on the face of the waters.

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