I start my class on How to Read and Understand the Bible this Wednesday (March 28). The first session (or two) will focus on the need for hermeneutics (the art and science of interpreting the meaning of the Bible). Here are a few chewy questions to ponder in this vein:
- If the Spirit is the one who guides into all truth (Jn 16:13), why do we need hermeneutics at all? What role do good interpretation principles play in reading the Bible?
- What role do you perceive the Spirit to have in your own Bible reading?
- Is the Spirit’s role primarily one of ‘there and then inspiration’ or one of ‘here and now illumination’?
- Does the Spirit have a vital role in reading Scripture, or is it just a complementary one?
- Is objectivity possible in biblical interpretation? I.e. can anyone read the Bible from a "neutral" viewpoint, or do we all bring presuppositions to the text?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!