8 Principles for Interpreting the Bible

The following are the eight principles that will help you in understanding the Bible:

  • Let Scripture be the last arbiter.

Look for ways to tie Bible verses together with other passages that provide context, explanation, and significance for all Christians

  • Think about the Bible.

Spend some time thinking about your daily scripture readings, considering how we might apply biblical principles and parables to our life and develop a more profound love for Christ every day.

  • Approach the Bible with trust and submission.

Come to the Bible with a sincere desire to know God’s instructions and to become more like Christ.

  • Note the type of biblical literature you are reading.

Law, history, wisdom, poetry, narrative, epistles, prophecy, and apocalyptic literature are the principal genres represented in the Bible.

  • Be mindful of historical or cultural context concerns.

Research the historical and cultural eras of the biblical ages in other writings. The book The Early Christians: In Their Own Words is one illustration.

  • Consider the context.

Look for ways to relate the many Bible chapters to our lives and times by understanding their context.

  • Read the Bible together as a group.

Find a Bible club in your church or with other Christians, or establish one yourself.

  • Start the process of improving as an interpreter.

Establish a timetable for daily Bible reading and make a commitment to doing so. Investigate Bible reading schedules that outline a timeframe for completing the Bible in a year.

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