“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
The pastor, evangelist, Bible teacher, or simply a Christian who desires to know and serve the Lord better, can greatly benefit from being able to correctly interpret the Bible and then apply it in their lives and the lives of others. No one can apply God’s word unless they know it and that begins with an accurate interpretation. God cannot bless His word that is incorrectly interpreted which makes biblical interpretation vital. He has not left us in the dark as to how to interpret His word. The Lord explains “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” (2 Peter 1:20) Our Creator has given us a precise method that anyone can apply with a little understanding and effort.
The purpose of this book is to take the mystery out of interpreting the Bible and to show God’s method of interpretation. By applying God’s principles of interpretation, a person develops the skills needed to rightly know what God has said. This is letting God interpret His revelation to us.
“Biblical Principles of Biblical Interpretation” has been used in several schools and colleges in their Biblical Interpretation courses. It is written on a level that anyone can understand and apply.
About the Author
He graduated from Piedmont Baptist College in 1981 with a Th.B. (Bachelor of Theology), and in 2000 with an MBS (Master of Biblical Studies). In 2013, he earned a PhD in Religion - Bible Major from Bethany Divinity College and Seminary.
He is an avid writer and has authored numerous articles, books, Bible courses, and six Bible commentaries. His has written many articles on apologetics, hermeneutics, Baptist History, The Pentecostal Movement, and Mormonism.
Most of his work is posted on his popular Internet web site, Bible Truth http://bible-truth.org. The web site which was begun in 1996 currently averages thousands each month. The site is rated as one of the top two to five Baptist web sites, out of thousands on the Internet.
He can be contacted at:
Calvary Baptist Church
P.O. Box 536
King, NC 27021
Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS.. 5
CHAPTER ONE.. 27
Eleven Principles of the Literal Method of Interpreting Scripture. 27
CHAPTER TWO.. 57
Dispensational Truth.. 57
CHAPTER THREE.. 69
Interpreting Considering the Historical Setting. 69
CHAPTER FOUR.. 81
Be Conscious of Context 81
CHAPTER FIVE.. 97
The Error of Ignoring Sound Principles of Interpretation 97
CHAPTER SIX.. 105
Applying the Principles of Biblical Interpretation.. 105
CHAPTER SEVEN.. 137
Concluding Statement 137
A LIST OF STUDY HELPS AND REFERENCE BOOKS 141
ABOUT THE AUTHOR.. 149
END NOTES.. 151