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Why Study the Bible?

"That you might have life"

Early in the first century a man from Galilee appeared with a message about the need for a dramatic change in the established order. He gathered a number of followers around him and began to advocate a return to some of the laws and commandments of God. Before long, however, he was handed over to the Roman occupation forces and executed.

The man’s name was Judas of Galilee. The world, as a whole, has largely forgotten him (Acts 5:37).

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Gordon Fee: How Should We Read the Bible?

Gordon Fee

Gordon Fee: How Should We Read the Bible?

Dr. Fee discusses common mistakes in the way that people read the Bible.

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Biography:
Gordon D. Fee

Dr. Gordon Fee is emeritus professor of New Testament at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. For a PDF of all three interviews, click here. Among his many publications are
     How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth (co-authored with Douglas Stuart; now in its fourth edition)
     How to Choose a Translation for All Its Worth (co-authored with Mark Strauss)

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Overview

Since the beginning of the church, there has been much disagreement about how to interpret the Bible. In response to that, Dr. Gordon Fee has done much work in helping Christians with basic principles of rightly understanding what the Scriptures say. Biblical books need to be read and understood in their entirety and in light of the type of literature they are. Poetry needs to be read as poetry, narratives as narratives, and epistles as letters.

Fictitious stories such as some of the parables can be the most effective way to communicate truth.

Literal biblical translations that seek to keep the structure of the original language are not the best translations. Translations into English as it is currently spoken are the best translations.

Discussion

1. What does Fee mean by “every verse a paragraph”?

2. How does “every verse a paragraph” hurt our ability to effectively read the Bible?

3. Discuss the advisability of reading the Bible like we’d read anything else.

4. Are the verse designations divinely inspired?

5. Were the verse designations in the original biblical texts?

6. How were the books of the Bible intended to be read?

7. In your own words, how does one best “read” a book of the Bible?

8. Can fictitious stories communicate truth?

9. Fee used the term “Greeklish” to describe what?

10. Are literal translations the best translations?

11. What’s the best way to translate Hebrew and Greek texts for our deepest understanding?

12. For you, what was the most meaningful part of Dr. Fee’s interview?

J. Michael Feazell: Welcome to You’re Included, the unique interview series devoted to practical implications of Trinitarian theology. Christians the world over look to the Bible as their guide to faith and practice. Yet from the inception of the church, there has been much disagreement over how to interpret what the Scriptures say. Our guest today, Dr. Gordon Fee, has done much work in helping Christians with basic principles of rightly understanding the Bible. Dr.

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Bible Study - a small group study

In the spiritual discipline of study, we engage ourselves, above all, with the written and spoken Word of God. In Romans 12:2, the apostle Paul tells us that we are transformed through the renewal of the mind, and that we cannot just simply copy the behavior of those around us. The discipline of study is an important vehicle by which our minds are renewed by those things that are important to God. Study will help to release us from the bondage of fear and anxieties, and replace that with the knowledge of God’s grace, which will reach the depth of our hearts, minds and souls.

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S. Albrecht
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The Skill of the Writers

Biblical Scribe

Biblical authors put much thought and effort into composing God’s Word. They wanted to make sure that the reader would clearly understand and remember the important points of Scripture. Since we read the Old Testament in translation, however, it is not always possible for us to recognize the diligence of these writers. Their skill often lies hidden in the Hebrew language.

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Breaking the Ice - Getting Started With the Bible

The Bible invites a lifetime of studyLet's go through the Bible together from start to finish. There is a lot of territory to cover, but we'll move quickly, since the goal is to give you an overview of the book. We'll pause from time to time during this tour to explain some things you might not otherwise understand. (If our tour is a bit too basic for you at times, please bear with us. Some people on this tour may be opening the Bible for the first time in their lives.)

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Guided Tour of the Bible

A BibleMost Americans have a Bible, but many have never read it. Perhaps they started to read it, but gave up after reading a few chapters.

Why? Maybe because the Bible seems to be such an intimidating book. It even looks difficult to read, with its hundreds of pages of small type and old-fashioned, hard-to-understand language. This makes it seem dignified, but imposing and not very "user-friendly."

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Be Devoted to Scripture

One of Christianity’s most important doctrines is that of the authority of Scripture. Scripture is the basis for what we teach. Faith is an important part of Christianity—an essential part. But not just any faith will do—our faith must be in something that is true. Faith must not be a false hope—it must be based on evidence—and such evidence needs to be taught. The church Jesus founded is to be a teaching church, and his people are to be people who are learning. (The word “disciple” means “one who learns.”)

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Five Simple Rules for Bible Study

The Bible is a complex book, but it has a simple message. There’s enough wisdom in it for a lifetime of detailed study; and there is also wisdom that beginners can easily find.

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Michael Morrison
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