What’s the Context? — Part 1

What’s the Context? — Part 1

What's the Context? (Hermeneutics) — Part 1 (Pilgrim's Progress Radio Broadcast, 8-20-2018)
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A slide from the hermeneutics course.
Yes, absolutely!

Interested in in-depth Bible reading and Bible study? Today’s guest host Jim Kerwin (M.A., Biblical Studies) from Finest of the Wheat Teaching Fellowship, introduces us to the subject of hermeneutics — how to read and study and share the Scriptures in context.

And for our purposes this week, discovering the context comes down to remembering two ideas:

  • Asking “What’s the context?” every time we open the Bible to read. When we think about what we’re reading right now in Scripture, how does it relate to the passages that preceded it and the passages that follow? How would knowing the culture, history, geography, original language, etc., of the author open up this passage?
  • Realizing that the greatest context, what Paul calls “the whole counsel of God,” is reading and re-reading the entire Bible systematically, and preferably annually.


  • Why chapter and verse divisions are enemies to seeing Scriptural context, how they can blind us to truth; and,
  • Some practical Bible examples of how context changes our understanding of things we think we “know.”


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