Contextual Interpretation

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When thinking about the nature of the Bible in terms of authoritative, inerrant, or divinely inspired, I personally find the Bible to be authoritative. At the beginning of this course I thought that the Bible had to be inerrant in order to be true. If the Bible were to be considered inerrant it would mean that the bible is without error in every aspect. This cannot be true though because some of the scientific and historical claims within in the Bible have been proven to be inaccurate. Therefore, I cannot find the idea of the Bible being inerrant to be a true statement. Another theory to take into account is the idea that the Bible is divinely inspired. This concept means that the text is in some way from God, literally “God Breathed”, but …show more content…
There are three types of interpretive methods. The first of these interpretive methods is historical. When interpreting the Bible historically one is looking at the world in which the text was written, and what the authors or editors originally wanted the Bible to say. Another of the three methods of interpretation is literary. Literary interpretation analyzes the text from a literary standpoint. One who is interpreting the text in this way would look at literary devices, and theological presuppositions within the Bible. The last method of interpretation that one may use when reading the Bible is contextual. A contextual interpretation takes into account the readers environment, biases, and other things that effect how the reader sees the text. Contextual interpretation is most imperative for how someone may use the word of God in everyday life. It is an interpretation that helps the reader use the Bible in modern …show more content…
These three interpretations are: analytical, theological, and personal. Analytical interpretation is the choices a reader makes about reading the text. These choices could be what specific book or verse of the Bible the reader chooses, the methods of reading the selected passage, or the questions the reader may present after reading the passage. The second interpretation listed, theological, means the categories of thought that define the range of meaning a reader can find within the text. The last interpretation being personal interpretation is one where the reader brings his or her own experiences and biases to the text and what use they hope to get out of

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