Hermeneutics is one of the must-have courses for my kids before they graduate from high school.
As you know, hermeneutics is the study of interpretation of Scriptures. Good hermeneutics gives good understanding of what God is saying in His written word. Bad hermeneutics creates all kinds of messes.
That said, let me introduce you to Pastor Joe.
Pastor Joe loves to play solitaire on his computer. Harmless habit, but it interrupts his Scripture-study time. He tends to use incomplete hermeneutics to interpret God’s Word. Thus he has insufficient tools in his help-others kit.
Here’s Pastor Joe’s Guide to Bad Hermeneutics (I’d suggest you teach the opposite to your high schoolers):
-Read your passage out of context from the rest of the Bible.
-Read your passage out of context from the rest of that book of the Bible.
-Don’t bother with historical background information (when, where, why the book was written)
-Don’t mess with understanding the meaning of difficult words or phrases. “Lexicons? Concordances? Who needs them?”– Pastor Joe.
-Ignore the interpretations of wise theologians.
-Read into a passage what you would like it to say.
Ok, that should get you started. Hermeneutics, don’t leave high school without them.
Now that you’ve got the basics, you can watch Pastor Joe in action as he advises one of his flock on Ezra’s You Tube version of Ecclesiastes 6.
BTW- 7 Sisters is working with Dr. Henry Virkler on a textbook which covers hermeneutics, logical thinking, philosophy, and understanding statistics. Look for it later this year.
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