Context is King

Whenever a question of biblical interpretation comes up, the first and foremost consideration must be context.  In my days at theological college, the absolute importance of context was drilled into us.  So in my very first lecturing role in hermeneutics (interpretation) at Domboshawa College in Zimbabwe, I taught my students to remember the phrase: ‘Context …

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But do you take it literally?

We’ve probably all been asked at one time or another, ‘Do you take the Bible literally’?  My advice? Never, ever, ever answer that question.  Why not?  Because the questioner is either naïve, or it’s a trap.  The question is simply not legitimate.  First, the Bible is not a book.  It’s a collection of books – …

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