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Understanding the Bible

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Why is it so hard to understand the Bible?

Why is there so much confusion regarding the teachings of the Bible?

Why is understanding the Bible important?

What is the biblical doctrine of illumination?

What is the rhema word?

How can we know what parts of the Bible apply to us today?

What is the key to applying the Bible to my life?

Is the Bible relevant for today?


What is Biblical hermeneutics?

How does the translation process impact the inspiration, inerrancy, and infallibility of the Bible?

Why is it important to study the Bible in context? What is wrong with taking verses out of context?

What is contextualization?

Is it ever appropriate to take a single verse of Scripture out of its context?

What does it mean that the Bible is self-authenticating?

What is the doctrine of the perspicuity of Scripture? Is the Bible perspicuous?

What is trajectory hermeneutics?

What is the difference between a Christocentric and a Christotelic hermeneutic?

What is narcigesis?


Can / Should we interpret the Bible literally?

What is biblical literalism?

What is wrong with the allegorical interpretation method?

What is good Biblical exegesis?

What is the difference between exegesis and eisegesis?

What is textualism?

Are the miracles in the Bible to be taken literally?


What are the different forms of biblical literature?

How should the different genres of the Bible impact how we interpret the Bible?

What is a psalm?

What is a proverb in the Bible?

What is an epistle? What are the Epistles in the Bible?

What is a parable?

What is prophecy? What does it mean to prophesy? What are the oracles of God?

What is the doxology?

What are the musical terms found in the Bible, and what do they mean?

What types of musical instruments are mentioned in the Old Testament?

What does the New Testament say about music?

What are the historical books of the Bible?

What are the Writings? What is the Ketuvim?

What are the prophetic books of the Bible? What is the Neviim?

What are the poetic books of the Bible?


How should poetry in the Bible be interpreted?

What is synonymous parallelism in Hebrew poetry?

What is antithetical parallelism in Hebrew poetry?

What is synthetic parallelism in Hebrew poetry?

What is emblematic parallelism in Hebrew poetry?

What is a chiasm / chiastic structure in the Bible?


How can I recognize and understand biblical symbolism?

Does the Bible contain allegory?

What are some idioms in the Bible?

What is Biblical typology?

What are some examples of metaphor in the Bible?

What is an antitype in the Bible?

What are some examples of paradox in the Bible?

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