This past month, over 200 people came to a four-part series hosted by Reality in the city of Santa Barbara on basic Bible interpretation. With a clear thirst for God’s Word among us, this lecture series included an introduction, followed by “three gaps”–or obstacles–to understanding the Bible, as well as how to cross over them. I am pleased to announce that these lectures are all posted below! You can also download the notes here.
The beginning of the series started out fairly philosophical, seeking to answer the “what” and the “why” behind biblical interpretation, before getting to the “how” in the next three lectures.
Bridging The Language Gap
Words only have meaning in sentences. This lecture deals with the words and sentences of the text, and how to find out the author’s main point.
Bridging The Cultural Gap
Since Biblical cultures are far removed from ours, we must “hop the gap” and listen to the text from their historical perspective. This lecture is concerned with the social and cultural norms familiar to the Biblical authors and audiences.
Bridging The Literary Gap (genre)
This lecture is primarily concerned with genre, those artistic styles of writing that are sometimes peculiar to the Biblical authors. In this lecture we delve into historical narrative, poetry, prophecy, apocalyptic, wisdom literature, gospels, parables, and epistles.