STUDY GUIDE: MODULE 1
As you read this week’s textbook reading assignments, take notes in response to these questions and statements. This study guide will help you to prepare for your quiz.
Fee and Stuart.
1. Know: Hermeneutics is the art and science, or as some would say the theory and practice, of interpretation.
It is the art and science (theory and practice) of interpretation
2. What do they say is the aim of a good interpretation? What is not the aim?
The aim of good interpretation is simple: to get at the plain meaning of the text. The aim of good interpretation is "not" uniqueness; One is trying to discover what no one else has found. The attempt to out clever ...view middle of the document...
One should ask "What's the point?" over and over. To trace the author's train of thought, find out what the original author intended.
8. What do Fee and Stuart say is the “only proper control for hermeneutics”?
The only proper control for hermeneutics is to be found in the original intent of the biblical text (the plain meaning). Proper hermeneutics begins with solid "exegesis."
9. According to the authors, “The true meaning of the biblical text for us is…”
The true meaning of the biblical text is the objective point of control. It needs to be controlled by good exegesis.
10. What are potential problems with a “fuller” or “deeper” meaning?
Beyond its original intent people can interpret in many ways which could lead to improper interpretations. A text cannot mean what it never meant.
11. What is the problem with using only one translation?
You are committed to exegetical choices of that one translation as the Word of God.
12. What is the first concern of translators? Why?
The first concern of translators is misinterpreting the text; translators want to be sure that the text they are using is as close as possible to the original wording so they can sift through all the available material , compare the places where the manuscripts differ, and determine which of the variants represents errors and which one most likely represents the original text.
1. What is the traditional view of how the Bible was written?
The traditional view is a conservative view. It accepts the biblical documents at face value. It assumes that the documents are indeed historical and true accounts.
2. How does the traditional view of the origin of the Bible differ from the modern view presented in the introduction?
Traditional view (conservative) accepts that claim as a working hypothesis while modern view (liberal) approaches the biblical documents as suspect at best.
3. What is the concept of canon, and why is it important?
The word canon refers to a group of writings regarded as authentic. It is used to describe the body of literature in the Bible. A standard that something else is measured against (ruler, rod). In biblical terms, the canon is the collection of books that are viewed as Scripture.
4. In the NT, why were many of the Epistles written before the Gospels?
The early church was convinced that the return of Jesus was right around the corner and a written argument that He was the Messiah did not seem to be needed.
5. Why did it take time for the NT canon to be agreed upon?
It took time for all the churches in various cities to amass a complete collection because most of the NT books are letters and copies of letters sent to various churches throughout the Mediterranean region. They wanted to make sure that everything was right.
6. What is the significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls?
It demonstrates that the Masoretic text has been stable since that time and thus shows the reliability of modern English translations.
7. In what...