Every time we read the Bible, we’re reading in the presence of God. This incredible truth should shape how we read in specific ways. Moving quickly from principle to practice, Vern Poythress helps us rethink how we interpret the Bible by showing us the implications of entering into God’s presence as we study. This handbook outlines distinct steps for practicing faithful biblical interpretation by focusing on our fellowship with the God who speaks to us through his Word.
“First, an episode can relate to Christ by way of analogy.” (Page 238)
“Altogether, we have three main ways in which an Old Testament text can speak about time: (1) it can directly speak about the future; (2) it can speak about all times through a focus on general principles; and (3) it can speak about one specific time—but then this one specific time has relations to all the other times.” (Page 235)
“Platonic reminiscence, which says that knowledge consists in remembering what the soul already knows from eternity past” (Page 30)
“wave perspective, each word and each deed participates in the forward motion of history toward its goal” (Page 229)
“Thus both the New Testament and the Old Testament can be viewed as covenantal in a broad sense” (Page 32)