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Hermeneutics Pt. II – Interpretation

Last week, we looked at the first step in good hermeneutics, observation. Observation is very simply just taking one’s time to see what the passage in question actually says. We have to resist the tendency to begin assigning meaning to things yet, but simply write down what we actually see in the Scripture.

Our example passage was Genesis 2:18-22. We ended up with a simple bullet list like this:

  • God said it was not good that man should be alone.
  • God said He would make the man a helper comparable to him.
  • God brought the animals to Adam to see what he would call them.
  • Adam named every living creature.
  • There was no helper comparable to Adam found among the animals.
  • God caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep.
  • God took a rib from Adam’s side and closed up the wound.
  • God took the rib He had taken, and made it into a woman.
  • God brought the woman to the man.

Ideally, this first step of observation should include a lot more of the biblical context, but for the sake of space on this blog, we’re taking on just a few verses at a time.

Now it’s time to start asking the question, what does this mean?

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Posted by on May 11, 2010 in Bible, Theology, Women in Ministry

 

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Unintentional Clarity

So have you ever had one of those times where the Lord highlighted something to you totally out of the blue? You know… you’re minding your own business, tending to some task, and then something pops out at you in that task which answers a question you have, but weren’t even actively asking.

I’m probably not making sense. ANYWAY, the point is that I think I had one of those moments tonight. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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For now, a question…

I hope to address this in more detail soon, but I figured it would make good food for thought in the meantime.

As I continue to study the topic of women in ministry, I’m continually seeing the complementarian argument appeal to the order of Creation. Adam was created first, and according to the argument, this means he was created with the principle of the firstborn. As the “firstborn”, he thus had unique responsibilities and priveleges. Probably a third to half of the points of contention point back to this argument, saying that we have to ask ourselves the question of why Adam was created first, when God could have easily created man and woman at the same time.

I have several thoughts on that, but it occurred to me the other day that maybe this is asking the wrong question. Should we be asking why God created Adam first, or should we rather ask the question, “Why did God create Adam alone” (especially since He knew that it was “not good”)?

Think about it — I am, and I hope to write more soon.

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2009 in Women in Ministry

 

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Musings about Creation

Creation is more than a cute story in the first two chapters of Genesis. I am still formulating thoughts on this, but I figured I’d put them out there — half-baked though they may be — and I’d love to hear you folks chime in. (P.S., No, this is not the “mystery study subject”… I’m getting ready to introduce that soon, but not quite yet.)

Over the 40-day fast, I spent a lot of time reading through Isaiah 40-66. I didn’t do much “studying” in the sense of getting out commentaries and such, just a ton of reading and a fair bit of journaling. As I was reading through, I noticed how much God refers to His acts of creation. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2008 in Bible, Knowledge of God, Theology

 

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