This is an article from Dr. Dane Ortlund providing a definition of hermeneutics and why it is important. Below is an excerpt where he states that in order to understand and interpret the Bible we should read it: humbly, redemptive-historically, Christocentrically, and spiritually:
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Here are a few basic guidelines that inform the lens with which we should read any Bible text.
- Read with the assumption that Scripture is coherent. God doesn’t lie (Num. 23:19), knows all things (Isa. 46:10), and is unerringly consistent (Heb. 13:8). I speak untruths, know less than all things, and am inconsistent. Conclusion: If I find something in the Bible that is difficult to understand or seemingly contradictory, I assume there is something defective in me, not the Bible.
- Read any given text with an awareness of where it fits in the story. You wouldn’t plunk down in the middle of a novel and expect to understand a sentence without awareness of what’s happened before and interest in what will happen after. So why would we do that with the Bible?
- Read the way Jesus did. He said the whole Old Testament is about him (Luke 24:27, 44; John 5:39, 46). And the New Testament