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Franklin – Hermeneutics Class Notes

Hermeneutics
Class Notes

Professor: Pastor Al Franklin
Shasta Bible College
Redding, California
www.shasta.edu

These are Class Notes for Hermeneutics from Shasta Bible College. In the RTF version, it is 94 pages long. Continue reading

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Arnot {Presbyterian}- The Parables of Our Lord

Summary

In this 18 chapter work on Baptists, Armitage (Baptist) traces some of the Baptists in the colonies and England, and then in Baptist missions around the world. The work is older (1887), so his update is limited to the time of his writing.

AIM: Presbyterian.
CIM: Parables.

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Smith Basics of Bible Interpretation

Basics of Bible Interpretation

Basics of Bible Interpretation
by Bob Smith

Smith Basics of Bible InterpretationThis is a primer on Interpreting the Bible by Pastor Bob Smith. He has 13 chapters on how to interpret the Bible, and his form is very easy to read and understand.

Although I find this work by Pastor Smith very good, I would caution that he may use other versions than the KJV. In Chapter 2 he endorses “many versions” as a blessing and mentions the Philips paraphrase and also the Living Bible.

People often wonder which English translation of the Bible they should use, and they are troubled by the multiplicity of versions available today. I’d like to suggest that this is not a problem, but a blessing. Each translation represents untold hours of careful scholarship through which the translators endeavored to carry over the best sense of the original language. No translation is a perfect expression of the original, simply because there are often no word-for-word equivalents in the two languages. That’s why biblical scholars study Hebrew and Greek, plus a number of related languages, to get as close as possible to the original intent. All of the scholarly translations, however, are sufficiently accurate to be trusted to give us an understanding of the truth. So, whether you choose to study the New American Standard Version, the Revised Standard Version, the New International Version, or the older King James Version, you can hear God speak to you through any of them.

The most practical way to resolve a problem in the English text is to compare translations when in doubt, even utilizing the paraphrases, such as Phillips’ New Testament and The Living Bible. When using these, however, it is wise to rest your confidence more heavily on the standard versions. In my opinion, the Phillips translation has stayed much closer to the original language than The Living Bible, but either paraphrase is useful if you are careful to compare and weigh the different renderings. Eternity magazine published a helpful review of English versions which is listed in the bibliography in the Appendix.

Personally I see these two paraphrases as well as the NIV as dangerous Bible versions. They are very inaccurate as they seek to put God’s Word more in “something different than what we always have had in the KJV” than something more accurate. Yes there are some very difficult passages in the Bible, but it is better to study these words, phrases, and passages in the original languages than use paraphrases. If the student does not know the original languages then use good conservative commentaries that are written by men who are experts in these languages. But somebodies opinion about a passage doesn’t pass much confidence, and this is basically what these paraphrases are, an opinion by people who are looking for “something different” rather than something original, the “old paths”.

Notwithstanding, Smith’s work has a lot of merit on how to interpret the Bible.

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Anonymous – The Parables Of The Saviour

The Parables of the Saviour

By Anonymous

This is an anonymous work on various of our Lord’s Parables. See content description for list.

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