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Bible Study Irony

I found this to be a bit ironic yesterday.

I am doing a Bible study on devotion. One part of the study says that I should only use the Bible as the primary source of information about the Bible. This is done instead of using resources from Bible scholars and others.

So… am I supposed to stop this study and head right to the Bible or is this the exception and should I keep on going?

Kidding aside, the author makes some good points and I look forward to applying some of them soon.

Comments (2)

  1. I believe I know where the author is coming from. We can reluy too much on what God has said to other people than on and neglect our responsibility to hear what He is saying to us. But I struggle wtth a hard and fast rule on this for 2 reasons: 1) An exclusive rule would mean we shouldn't use Bible maps, dictionaries, Greek and Hebrew lexicons, etc. I am not convinced that sinply interpreting Scripture for ourselves without some helps of what they meant to the original listeners is always wise. (Can you imagine interpreting Jesus' command about your right eye and hand causing you to sin as literal rather than a hyperbole?) What about a proper perception of the Trinity, the word of which s not found in Scripture. How would we gain a better understanding of the history of Scripture without dates provided by hostorians and scholars?
    2) The Scripture were not written to 1 person nor 1 group but to the community of faith spanning generations in different places and times. Since the Scripture was meant for the universal Church of Christ, knowing how my brothers and sisters in Christ interpreted the Word while living in the 1st century lends insight to contemporary implications and applications. How John and Paul and then Ignatius and Augustine used the Scripture to combat heresy is surely beneficial.

    • I completely agree with you. Reading the Bible by itself is an invaluable experience that I cannot replicate by solely relying on other people's interpretations. It is one of God's pipelines for speaking to my heart. However, you cannot completely ignore Bible resources that you mentioned above. One good example of this will be found in a post coming up in the next few days. I never completely understood what happened the day that Moses lost his entrance pass into the promised land. With a little bit of background help, it clears things up for me.

      Thanks for the thoughtful comment!