Category: Hermeneutics

Mark 2:16 – “Scribes” of the Pharisees – Did They Exist?

καὶ οἱ γραμματεῖς τῶν Φαρισαίων⸃ ἰδόντες ⸄ὅτι ἐσθίει⸅ μετὰ τῶν ⸂1ἁμαρτωλῶν καὶ τελωνῶν⸃⸌ ἔλεγον τοῖς μαθηταῖς αὐτοῦ· ⸀ὅτι μετὰ τῶν τελωνῶν καὶ ἁμαρτωλῶν ⸁ἐσθίει; (NA28) When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his…

Own the Text

Here’s a follow up to yesterday’s post. It is easy to succumb to the temptation of reading secondary sources (dictionaries, commentaries, etc.) before you have had the time to absorb the text for yourself. In the endeavor to interpret the Bible, especially some of…

Everchanging Language and Bible Study

Translations can be frustrating. We tend to forget that when we read our English, Spanish, French, German, or whatever Bible, it is only a translation of the original Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic text. These translations were done by groups of scholars (and sometimes individuals)…

The Bible as Jewish Meditation Literature

Pay attention to how the video describes “meditation.” This slow, methodical, vocal reading of Scripture is a key absorbing the text into your mind and heart.

James Dunn on NT Interpretation as Dialogue

I was skimming through a book I had read a while back and rediscovered this quote that adequately sums up my perspective on the importance of reading the New Testament through “1st-century eyes” before we seek to apply it to our current context. “New…