Before one can begin any effective study of the scriptures, a realization of some of our inherent difficulties for interpreting those scriptures must be obtained and corrected. The fact is that the entire Bible, both Old and New Testaments, was written almost entirely by Hebrews. The only known exception to this being Luke who wrote his own gospel account and the book of Acts. The Hebrew mindset and cosmology was vastly different than the typical Greek-thinking, western cultures of our day. It is, therefore, incumbent upon us as modern, industrialized western people to take measures to understand the distinct nuances of Hebrew thought and literary styles, as well as the unique Hebraisms and idioms particular to their ancient near eastern culture.
So, before we begin to look at any discrete scriptural studies, it will be necessary to at least gain a cursory awareness of our inherent “spiritual blinders” due to our failure in large part to comprehend the significance of “Audience Relevance” and the substantial differences between the Hebraic and the Grecian mindsets. Your first lesson will be on these two topics. If you have already visited these blog pages, then you may skip down to begin the 2nd Prerequisite study on Internal Hermeneutics. All of the prerequisite studies are crucial studies, so please don’t skip them. Once the prerequisite studies are complete then proceed to the topical studies in the Scriptures. Please do your best to proceed through these studies in their posted order to achieve a consistent progress in your understanding of the Scriptures.
Isaiah 28:10 [KJV]
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
God’s peace and richest blessings be upon you as you seek to understand the truth of God’s word!
1. Prerequisite Studies: External Hermeneutics
Your Spiritual Blinders: Audience Relevance and the Hebraic vs. Grecian Mindset
(Otherwise known as “It’s not your mail!” and…
“You think like a GREEK!” 🙂 )
A More In Depth Look at the Hebraic vs. Grecian Mindset
2. Prerequisite Studies: Internal Hermeneutics
The Covenant View of Scripture
Critical Study on Internal Biblical Hermeneutics
3. General Principles of Hermeneutices
Additional Study on General Principles of Biblical Interpretation
4. Topical Scripture Studies
- Every Eye Shall See Him
- The Dating Of Revelation
- The Resurrection Of The Dead
- Isaiah Puts It All Together
- Who Is the Land Beast of Revelation 13?
5. Individual Greek Word Studies
- Part 1 – Study on “mello” μέλλω
- Part 2 – Study on “genea” γενεά
- Part 3 – Study on “parousia” παρουσία
- Part 4 – Study on “stoicheion” στοιχεῖον
- Part 5 – Study on “aion” αἰών