Bible Hermeneutics


Biblical hermeneutics is the study of the principles of interpretation of the Bible. Biblical hermeneutics is summarized best by 2 Timothy 2:15, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

Biblical scholars have noted the diversity of interpretations by Protestants and to a lesser extent by Catholics. In his forward to R. C. Sproul’s Knowing Scripture, J. I. Packer observes that Protestant theologians are in conflict about biblical interpretation. To illustrate the diversity of biblical interpretations, William Yarchin pictures a shelf full of religious books saying different things, but all claiming to be faithful interpretations of the Bible. Bernard Ramm observed that such diverse interpretations underlie the “doctrinal variations in Christendom.” A mid-19th century book on biblical interpretation observed that even those who believe the Bible to be “the word of God” hold “the most discordant views” about fundamental doctrines.”

Within traditional Protestant theology, there are a variety of interpretive concepts/rules. Some concepts are generally not mutually exclusive, and interpreters may adhere to several of these approaches at once, however it is important for the Bible student to understand hermeneutics generate different results. That is why we have a large number of protestant denominations and why protestants and Catholics do not interpret Scriptures with the same Hermeneutic.

Course Assignment:

All of Wicket Gate Bible College courses are essay courses that require independent study and a term paper/essay. Please read at least ten resources on this topic and then write a ten page essay discussing a summary of your resources and your personal opinion on the subject