A Quest for Biblical Truth
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The proper context for interpreting the Bible is the context of the biblical writers – the context that produced the Bible. Every other context is alien to the biblical writers and, therefore, to the Bible. Yet there is a pervasive tendency in the believing Church to filter the Bible through creeds, confessions, and denominational preferences.
Dr. Michael S. Heiser
Author of “The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible”
The Bible does not need to be rewritten – it needs to be reread.
This is one of various words used freely and which commonly creates misperceptions. Unfortunately the word’s misrepresentation is often rooted in wrong or insufficient translation of the original terms in the source texts, and where meanings other than those the original readers and audiences would have understood is translated into the text. For example:
“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world [Greek: oikoumene] for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” (John. 3:16). It is the same word used in Revelation 3:10, for example.
Oikoumene broadly speaking means the inhabited earth, but in the New Testament context it was used more specifically as indicating the Roman Empire (as used in Matt 24:14; Luke 2:1 and Rev 3:10). When Jesus said that the gospel would be preached in all the world before the end would come, the Roman Empire of that era was the framework of reference. See the list of ‘all nations under heaven’ in Acts 2:5-11.
(Read the broader discussion of the various Greek words translated as “world” in many Bible versions, in our free downloadable book, Rightly Divide The Word of God
Hosea Connection Video Library
A new step has been taken in producing short video discussions on matters about how we read our Bible. The first two parts (14 and 12 minutes respectively) can now be viewed here.
Rightly Divide the Word of God
The six part series, Rightly Divide The Truth, which was produced in 2008/9, has now been fully published on YouTube
This series focuses on basic principles of Bible interpretation to help us understand the Bible within correct context. These guidelines help us to discern the original biblical authors’ context from man-made religious philosophies. If we are to understand the truth we need to know the truth. This series is a sincere attempt to facilitate a true and accurate understanding of the Scriptures. Apart from discussing a number of basic, yet important principles to bear in mind when reading the Bible and pointing out many distortions that pagan philosophical practices have led to, typical errors flowing from subjectivity in translations of the Bible are also pointed out. (The series was produced in 2008/9 and broadcast on the then Solid Rock Television Channel. It followed research among various denominations that confirmed an urgent need for such teaching).
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.