How to read well: NT Letters #2: A Case Study

In the first post relating to the New Testament letters, I laid out some principles for grasping the overall message and structure of the letter. To further illustrate this, let's conduct a brief and exemplary case study just so we get a better idea of how these principles can flesh out when reading the text. … Continue reading How to read well: NT Letters #2: A Case Study

How to read well: New Testament Letters #1

Of the 27 books that make up the Protestant New Testament Canon, 21 are letters, at least two other books contain letters (Acts, Revelation). Some letters were written primarily to a particular congregation, others were addressed to individuals, and still others seem to address groups of churches or the church universal. Since letters vary greatly in style, length, the flow of argument and the literary devices, are there certain principles that can help us read any NT letter? The good news is: Yes!   

How to read well: The Gospels

Thus we have a unique, four-dimensional view of Jesus. We see the Jesus who is the King of David and the fulfillment of the Old Testament hope (Matthew). We see the Jesus who is the ever working suffering servant of God (Mark).We see the Jesus who is the perfect Human and who lives like a bearer of the divine image should live (Luke). And we see the Jesus who is both eternal God and mortal man (John).

How to read well: The Literary Nature of the Bible

We've established the fact that the Bible contains words that have to be read and reread and I've shared some of the ways that have helped me read biblical texts. Now, it's time to finally talk about the literary nature of the Bible. As I've been thinking about this introductory post about the literary genres … Continue reading How to read well: The Literary Nature of the Bible

How to read well: What if the Bible was our favorite movie?

Peter once said about Jesus that he alone had words of eternal life. That is exactly where our trouble begins. The primary way in which God communicates to us is through words on pages. Granted, there are some other ways, but most Christians will agree that the Bible is the primary way in which God … Continue reading How to read well: What if the Bible was our favorite movie?

How to choose a good translation #2

In the last post of this series, we explored one of the fundamental differences between Bible translations. Some are formal translations and some are functional translations. Some preserve the wording of the original text, while others strive to capture the meaning of the original. In reality, all translations combine some elements of both. The NASB, … Continue reading How to choose a good translation #2