How to Understand and Apply the Old Testament

May 23

How to Understand and Apply the Old Testament: Step 8–Historical Context by Jason DeRouchie

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By considering a passage’s historical context, we are asking, “Where does this passage fit in space and time, and how do these data points inform the reading of our passage?”

Apr 11

How to Understand and Apply the Old Testament: Step 7–Word and Concept Studies by Jason DeRouchie

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This post will overview the key tools, principles, and process for doing word and concept studies in the Old Testament for those without knowledge of Hebrew. 

Mar 10

How to Understand and Apply the Old Testament: Step 6–Argument Tracing by Jason DeRouchie

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“Argument-tracing” is step 6 in understanding and apply the Old Testament. Perhaps more than any other step in the exegetical process, this one helps us grasp a passage’s message. In this post, I will show how to trace the argument of a passage by using an argument-diagram.

Mar 25

How to Understand and Apply the Old Testament:
 Step 5–Clause and Text Grammar by Jason DeRouchie

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With step 5 of the interpretive process we move from “Text” to “Observation,” and we consider a series of issues related to how a passage is communicated. Our initial goal is to assess the makeup and relationship of words, phrases, clauses, and larger text units. In short, we need to study grammar. According to His […]

Feb 2

How to Understand and Apply the Old Testament: Step 4–Translation by Jason DeRouchie

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Whether you know the biblical languages or not, several good English translations will serve you well in studying the Bible and teaching.

Dec 22

How to Understand and Apply the Old Testament: Step 3—Text Criticism by Jason DeRouchie

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Just as an alert reader can understand a book that has typographical errors in it, so too God’s word is able to speak for itself despite the scribes’ minor corruptions.

Nov 19

How to Understand and Apply the Old Testament: Step 2—Literary Units and Text Hierarchy by Jason DeRouchie

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After genre, the next step in your exegesis is to determine the limits of the passage that you are studying.