The Bible
  NT Background
  NT Books
  NT Studies
  OT Background
  OT Books
  OT Studies
  Book Commentaries
  Inductive Study
  Types of literature
  Geog / Archaeology
  Early Church History
  British Museum
  Museums
  Historical Docs
  Life Questions
  How to Preach
  Teaching
  SBS Staff
.pdf
Print
Search for page by title (auto-completes)
Advanced search
  
Translate into
Advanced Search
Search for word or phrase within each page
Search by OT book and chapter
Search by NT book and chapter


Interpretating the different types of literature

It is most important that when reading the Bible we are taking note of the type of literature we are reading. Each type needs to be considered and interpreted differently as they have different purposes. The link give guidelines for the interpretation of the different types of book found in the Bible.

Narrative

Some suggestions of how we can learn from the narratives (stories) in the Old Testament.

OT Law

Here is some help in how to understand the Law of Moses and how to determine some relevant application to today.

Hebrew Poetry

Much of the Old Testament is written in poetry. How was Hebrew poetry different from modern poetry?

Wisdom

How to make sense of books such as Proverbs, Job and Ecclesiastes.

OT Prophets

Some practical guidelines on how to understand the Old Testament prophets.

Gospels

This explains the particular issues to be aware of when reading and studying the four gospels.

Parables

How to understand the parables told by Jesus, by identifying his original audience.

Acts

Is the Book of Acts a manual for church organisation, or is there another way of gaining wisdom from it?

Letters

Practical guidelines for understanding the letters (epistles) in the New Testament, and the importance of knowing their historical setting.

Eschatology

Some practical ideas on how to approach the controversial issue of end times (eschatology)

Revelation

Some help in making sense of this amazing book, which is so often misunderstood.