Thursday, September 6, 2012

Understand The Bible

Every pastor and Bible teacher works hard to understand the meaning of the Bible.

They learn biblical languages, look up concordances, and consult commentaries, in the hope of shedding more light on the key questions of interpretation:
  • Who wrote this text and what did they mean by it?
  • Who initially read this text and what did they make of it?

But there is another tool that gives a key to the meaning of the scriptures: the persecuted church of today.

By interacting with them, we gain insights into the original meaning of the scriptures; we understand what life was like for the original New Testament community.

After all, most of the Bible was written by persecuted people for persecuted people.

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