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BTI-5100.A. Hermeneutics: Step 1: Study

An Introduction to helpful resources for BTI-5100.A.

Study the Text

Study the Book As A Whole

  1. Consider the questions of date, authorship, recipients, and purpose.
  2. Develop an outline of the entire book.
  3. Examine the relationship of the passage under consideration in both its near and far context. Consider its place in the Grand Redemptive Storyline of the Bible.

Below are some resources and suggestions to help with this process.

Date, Authorship, Recipients, and Purpose

For most of the questions of authorship and date, reading the introduction in most scholarly commentaries will suffice. However, for a quick overview we've listed a few resources below that will give this information, and more, as well. Look up the entires for the books of the Bible to see discussions of date, authorship, recipients, and purpose.

Note: Every dictionary on this page may be helpful for Date, Authorship, etc., outlining the book, or relating the text with the rest of scripture.

 

Outline the Entire Book

Good commentaries will have a general outline for the whole book contained in their introduction, or throughout the commentary. But, there are other resources that may also be helpful in this step. These resources will be helpful in giving an overview of a biblical book in a short article.

Note: Every dictionary on this page may be helpful for Date, Authorship, etc., outlining the book, or relating the text with the rest of scripture.

Relating the Text with the Rest of Scripture

These resources, as well as some already mentioned, are good resources to help you connect the biblical book, or passage, with the theology in the rest of the Bible. 

Note: Every dictionary on this page may be helpful for Date, Authorship, etc., outlining the book, or relating the text with the rest of scripture.