Unit 2. Contexts Now and Then. What Do We Bring to the Text? The Historical-Cultural Context The Literary Context Word Studies Bible Translations. What Do We Bring to the Text?. Introduction The key to interpreting the Bible is recognizing the context .
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“Pride does not listen. It knows.”
– Kevin Vanhoozer
do not change
For our interpretation of any biblical text to be valid, it must be consistent with the historical-cultural context of that text.
context determines meaning.
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Old TestamentNew Testament
Rest of Bible
Rest of Book
Rest of Section
1 – Identify how the book is divided into paragraphs or sections.
2 – Summarize the main idea of each section in a dozen words or less.
3 – Explain how your particular passage relates to the surrounding sections.
Context determines meaning
- season that follows winter
“spring” ?- jumping ability
- metal support
- source of water
Prior to 1611
Authorized Version of 1611 (KJV)
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