Talkin Turkey 13 October 2012
Basic Rules of Bible Interpretation
Begin with what the passage says, but always ask, "What does the passage mean?" not what it "says."
Remember the context. Read verses in the context of the whole passage, the chapter and even the book. Finally, keep in mind the larger context of the New Testament or Old Testament.
The Bible is progressive revelation. This means that, generally, the New Testament specifically interprets the Old Testament.
Interpret the unclear passages by the clear ones. A favorite ploy of the cults is to choose a difficult passage and build their unique doctrines on it.
Come to Scripture prayerfully, submitting to be taught by the Holy Spirit, allowing the Scripture to interpret itself and not be clouded by personal doctrinal presuppositions.
Interesting Bible Stuff for Bible Believers
According to most sources that I've seen, the Bible has 66 Books, 1,189 chapters, 31,102 verses, 773,693 words, and 3,566,480 letters.
It was written on three different continents, over a period of about 1,800 years, by many different men from all walks of life.
Its longest chapter is Psalm 119, which consists of 176 verses. The number "176" just happens to be 16x11. Our KJV was first published in the year 1611. An accident I guess.
Psalm 117 is the shortest chapter.
Esther 8:9 is the longest verse, while John 11:35 is the shortest.
The longest word in the Bible is "Mahershalalhashbaz" (Isa. 8:1).
The middle verse is Psalm 118:8, and "the LORD" are the two middle words in that verse. Another accident?
The main subjects of the Bible are God's revelation of His character, His eternal righteous kingdom, and His plan of redemption through Jesus Christ.
The average person can read the Bible through in about seventy hours reading time. Reading three chapters per day and five on Sundays, you can read your Bible through in one year. About fourteen chapters per day will take you through in three months.
The Bible was the first Book ever printed on a press. The first one was printed on the Gutenberg press in the 1450's. The first American printing was in an Indian language in 1663.