Three Levels of Context. Historical Context – Author, Recipient, Date, Situation. Cultural Context – Incorporating the text into your personal setting. Literary Context (Text Surrounding a Passage) Purpose of the book Structure:Genre & Plan Immediate Context. Dangers to Context.
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Historical Context – Author, Recipient, Date, Situation.
Cultural Context – Incorporating the text into your personal setting
Attitude of quasi magical formula of verses (power verses worn as amulets)
Claiming promises or commands not made to you.
Axiom #2: Context is King (of interpretation)
Occasion for writing: Jeremiah; Amos; Philemon, etc.
Chronological: Gen., Exod., Josh., 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chron., Ezra, Esther; or Geographical : Neh. , Jonah, Acts
Biographical: Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John
Legal: Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy.
Cyclical: Judges, Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs
Visionary: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, Revelation
Acrostic: Prov 31:10-31; Psa 119; Lam 2
Chiasm: Mt 13
Parallelism: Luke - Acts
Inclusio: Genesis 37-39; Mk 11:12-25
Discover the purpose/theme of your book, theauthor, thedate, the destination and any occasion that might have prompted the writing of that book.