i am so so so so so sorry!
In my mind, i had posted this last part. I’m really really sorry my loves.
The Long awaited part is here!!
I’ve said in previous posts that the bible was written by men and so, from the past posts (FIRST SECOND , THIRD and FOURTH), i established that because a lot has changes in the past generations, we need to be guided on how to go about reading the bible, if we sincerely want to really understand; hence the laws of biblical interpretation.
Let’s dig right in.
- 1.) LITERAL INTERPRETATION.
This is the method of biblical interpretation whereby the only meaning ascribed to a text is the one the author intended.
By reconstructing the historical context and using ordinary rule of grammar, you’ll understand the info the author intended to pass across.
We are to seek no other sense of the scripture when the text of scripture obviously makes common sense.
A text might have several applications, but one meaning and it is that which the author intended.
2.) CONTEXT PRINCIPLE. and PRINCIPLE OF CORROBORATION.
The meaning of a phrase, word, sentence or paragraph must be derived from the context.
Interpret from the light of the words before and after.
Read pre-text, post-text, the whole chapter, the whole book and sometimes, other books, to understand the meaning of a text.
Letting scripture interpret scripture. A correct interpretation will always be consistent with the rest of scriptures.
You don’t just take one part of scripture and jump with it. Check what other parts of the bible says about that same scripture.
3.) LAW OF FIRST MENTION.
The first mention of any fundamental word usually presents the general conception of the subject and use through out the scripture.
So, when you see a word, use your search option to find out the first place the word was used and what it meant there.
4.) EXAMINE QUOTATION IN THE LIGHT OF BOTH CONTEXT.
Learn to check references. You know those times when you see a text in quotes; it simply means that that text was originally used somewhere. So the best you can do is to go back to the place where that text was quoted and examine its meaning, then come back and apply.