The Heart Of The Method: Topic And Theme In Chapter Six Of Effective Bible Literature
By using the teaching, a central unifying idea can become the main thought and focus. Then creating a topic and a theme creates a manageable, single focused, and correct representation of the text, which prevents overly specific or excessive universal explanations of a passage. The topic and theme can be “linked to the audience” which allows for instruction based on group structures such as age, demographics, or knowledge. Literary form also becomes a critical point of evaluation as it exposes certain elements that help evaluate the topic. Octavio J. Esqueda explains that grammatical structure helps derive meaning and understand the underlying tone and atmosphere of a passage. Patterns such as repetition of the phrase “For His lovingkindness is everlasting” in Psalm 136 expresses God’s mercy, and reminds the reader of His love. The form of a passage may be one of many specific literary types for example a picture, an anatomy, an example, or a portrayal. These steps help the Bible student maintain an obvious and consistent point.
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