Importance of the Literary

What happens if you carefully consider the surrounding context of a passage, but ignore its literary genre?
Literary genre helps readers understand the meaning of the text and how it should be read. Don’t just quote. There is a full context of a passage surrounding that. Tell them, why do you care about that person’s life. Religion says you’re not the judge also. Religion also teaches one to stand on their beliefs. Interpret every Bible passage according to its own literary genre: Poetry as poetry, Symbols as symbols. Of every passage of Scripture, we must first notice that the form it takes before we look at its context since form affects context. (Duvall and Hays, pg. 63).

Besides those examples cited in this chapter, what are some instances of interpreting a biblical passage apart from its immediate context? That is, give and explain an example of how ignoring the immediate can lead to an erroneous understanding or application of the text? Cite the specific passage you are discussing in your post. (ex. Rom. 6:1-6).

Interpreting the Bible requires more than just reading a biblical passage in a context. People often do this with the Bible They isolate word or sentence or paragraph, and take it to mean what they think it means. Disregarding the context is one of the greatest problems in Bible interpretation. By disregarding the “total surroundings” of a Bible verse, you may completely misunderstand the verse. You need to take it into consideration the sentences and paragraphs that precede and follow the verse and also to reflect the cultural setting in which the passage and even the entire book is written. Misreading the Bible ultimately hurts people by enslaving them rather than setting them free with truth. (Duvall and Hays, pg. 70). Sometimes unintentionally because of long-distorted and long-misunderstood interpretations and teaching regarding these very few and quite vague passages of the Bible. When we ignore the context, we can twist the scriptures and “prove” almost anything(Duvall and Hays, pg. 62). Biblical interpretation is of vital importance but often misunderstood or twisted. There are a correct way and an incorrect way to interpret a passage. Go to church on Sunday and you will see how.

When is topical preaching contextually valid? When does it disregard and violate context?

Topical preaching is a valid approach to preaching when the various passages are understood in context, and the overall message doesn’t violate those individual context.(Duvall and Hays, pg. 68). To say topical preaching is substandard to expository preaching is tantamount to saying a shovel is better than a rake. Just preach the Bible. Expository preaching doesn’t express some people any more than topical does. If both messages are from God and the Bible then who cares about Style? There is a place for topical preaching, but I’m wary of any pastor who use it too frequently. All preaching should explain the text, and topical can do that, too. As ministers of the Gospel, they shouldn’t “use” Scripture to get their point across; their point should be to get the Scriptures across. Topical preaching is fine as long as the people are following up to see if it is in the being used context and it is accurate. Topical preaching, by contrast, often jumps from one passage to another by stringing together a series of originally unrelated thoughts. (Duvall and Hays, pg. 69).

You have to think carefully about what you’re going to say or what you think something means before you start to freak out and say the wrong thing. When you don’t know the meaning of something, I’d like to do a proper analysis on something before drawing the conclusion. Thus more reason to wait for the proper investigation and get sufficient proof before drawing any conclusion. If you stop and think about it, you are always encountering different genres in the course of ordinary life. (Duvall and Hays, pg. 65). In some Churches, they believe that women and children should be seen and not heard. Any leader of the church who believes women can’t lead or that men can’t/shouldn’t be part of family/children ministries; they need to rethink their sexism. Jesus say, “if you ask for something in prayer, believe you have already received it, and it will be yours,” Mark 11:24. As women, we were the first to be known and believe. We are always are. We are holy and the deliverers of the excellent news. We hear. We believe supernatural nonsense. We deliver it to the men and the children. Our faith in nonsense heals the world. And speaking of topical preaching, I think there’s nothing wrong with topical preaching long as you use the topic to preach the Bible not the Bible to preach your topic. Topical preaching ought to speak the truth through exposing the world.

In the Princess Bride movie Mandy Patinkin, who plays Inigo Montana. Quoted:  “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what it means.” I think somethings are better left unsaid. Scripture can be twisted and misunderstood; summarily you can back anything up with it if you twist it hard enough. If I’ve learnt anything, It’s that scripture is blatant, apart from prophecy. And then prophecy is even explained. And people want to twist it. Just because you take Bible scripture and try to twist its meaning doesn’t make anything you say accurately. When you honor literary context (including the covenant of communication implicit in the genre), you cannot make the Bible say anything. (Duvall and Hays, pg. 67). Good reading is also worth noting in preaching, God first reveals biblical text from which He births a sermon “teaching is topical.” Churches needs more expository and systematic preaching and teaching God’s word and less topical sermon series. Topical preaching may meet the need of the hour but may not pass the test of the whole counsel of God. Topical preaching does not present the whole counsel of God; it is limited to the preference of the preacher; it communicates his bias. A second danger associated with disregarding literary context relates to how Scripture is preached. (Duvall and Hays, pg. 68). But far too often topical preaching distorts the meaning of Scripture by disregarding the literary context. (Duvall and Hays, pg. 69).


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