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Biblical Interpretation 101: Historic Rules for Reading the Bible [Kindle Edition]

Derek Morphew
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Book Description

The target reader of this book is the regular preacher of the scriptures, small group leaders, and the average committed Christian who wants to know how to read and interpret the Bible responsibly. As a “101” is aims to avoid difficult concepts and to cover a fairly wide field at an introductory level.

Here are some of the subjects it covers:
1. The act of interpretation is placed in a relational model, showing that humans are always engaging in interpretation, often unconsciously. We have certain natural skills to do so.
2. Standard, historic principles and rules of interpreting scripture, normally found within the great tradition of the Reformers and the leaders of evangelical movements since then, are presented.
3. Once this foundation has been laid, other diverse approaches to biblical interpretation are described.
4. The second part of the book deals with the relationship between the Old Testament and the New Testament, providing a basic understanding of Rabbinical approaches current during the New Testament era, the unique way Jesus read and interpreted the Old Testament, and how this influenced the Christian movement and its writers.
5. The final section deals with revelatory experiences of the Holy Spirit, or charismatic approaches to interpretation, and how this dimension relates to and is balanced by a commitment to the “rule of faith”, or ecumenical Christian tradition and its historic rules of interpretation.


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About the Author

Derek Morphew is an itinerant bible teacher and theologian based in Cape Town, South Africa. He obtained his education at Michaelhouse, Balgowan (Matric and Post Matric A Levels), Rhodes University (BA with majors in Biblical Studies and Systematic Theology) and obtained his PhD at the University of Cape Town in the field of New Testament Studies. His career has moved through three phases; first as a pastor and church planter, second as a pastor/mentor to pastors and third, focusing on theological training and education in the Vineyard association of churches. He is the Academic Director of Vineyard Institute, a global education and training system for Vineyard churches. He is married to Karin, an artist, and has two daughters, Shean and Jeanne.

Product Details

  • File Size: 446 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0987017527
  • Publisher: Derek Morphew Publishing; 2 edition (December 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZFZCBI
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read! November 7, 2013
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Doctor Morphew is a very powerful author and speaker, and this book is no exception to the standard I hold him to. Biblical Interpretation 101 is a very useful tool to unlocking the Bible, and any other form of human interaction. Since reading this book I have discovered that most people take everything that they see and hear out of context, and that explains the idiosyncrasies inherent in Western culture today.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars September 7, 2014
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close to what i think it should be but not there quite yet.
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Derek Morphew is an itinerant bible teacher and theologian based in Cape Town, South Africa. He obtained his education at Michaelhouse, Balgowan (Matric and Post Matric A Levels), Rhodes University (BA with majors in Biblical Studies and Systematic Theology) and obtained his PhD at the University of Cape Town in the field of New Testament Studies. His career has moved through three phases; first as a pastor and church planter, second as a pastor/mentor to pastors and third, focusing on theological training and education in the Vineyard association of churches.
He developed and directed Vineyard Bible Institute from 1998 to 2009.
He is married to Karin, an artist, and has two daughters, Shean and Jeanne.

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