How do Bible Expositors Form Their Content?

I can only speak for my own methodology of interpretation and surmise what others do.

Personally, being right with the Bible and Spirit is foremost in my position as a writer and in my ministry of the Bible to others, even if it means stepping on some very big toes, after all those toes are not bigger than YaHavah and Jesus and they never will be.

When I am writing an article, a book, or researching commentary of other expositors, I keep three resources open on my PC monitor; the Word of YHVH Bible, biblegateway.com, and eSword.net. This gives me three ways to test the spirit of everything I see, hear, or think by the Bible before I act on it. Seeing, hearing, and thinking covers everything from others and myself. It may sound like a lot of work and it is at the beginning, but it makes for some fun and exciting Bible learning sessions. I never test the spirit of one expounded doctrine against another expounded doctrine nor do I put any expounded doctrine ahead of the Bible no matter who expounded it. The Bible and Spirit are first in testing doctrines not the other way around. In words of an old adage “don’t put the cart before the horse”. Putting the cart before the horse indicates the need to add something to help the horse move the cart. The image here is of the Bible as the horse and doctrine as the cart. It is a good way to keep things in their proper bible perspective.

The Word of YHVH Bible is the result of many years of personal study and research. It is my own edited and copyrighted version of the King James Version Bible that is available in a fully bookmarked .pdf document. It is free for download from my website. It is also listed as #9405 among hundreds of ancient and modern bible versions on Bible Readers Museum since 2009. I think the first digit may be a category reference.

The use of other resources requires working around denominational and doctrinal differences which means the need to know how to test the spirit by the Bible.

Bible Gateway offers the options of keyword search in a choice of keyword, all words, or exact phrase. Having an exact phrase choice is very helpful. Word and phrase searches are an amazingly simple way to learn what the Bible is about. I use e-Sword.net owned by Rick Meyers for the convenience of Strong’s Bible Dictionary noted in the scriptures for a view of the original writing. This way I can see what words are added to fill in the context of the verse. Hebrew words are picturesque so translation of Hebrew requires the knowledge of the context and purpose of the Bible. The downside of e-Sword word and phrase searches is that it offers searches in single words only. There is no choice for phrases. If a phrase is entered for search, then every usage of each word will come up separately. Even so, it is worth having because it offers multiple Bible versions and other resources. The E-sword program is offered for free download onto your PC. Wikipedia is a good source for condensed general knowledge and opinion to find out where the general church mind is. Articles generally reflect the doctrine of the contributors.

I have discovered that there are instances of translation from the original writings based on church doctrine rather than the intended context of the Bible. Added words should be based on the context of usage in the whole Bible; sometimes that requires searching more than one typology for a word or phrase within the Bible. I search other expositors to see if any have found and explore instances of bad translation, test all instances by the Bible, then I note my findings in the Word of YHVH Bible. Vulnerability is a characterization of being human. We are all tested and offered temptations by Satan. How we deal with them determines where we stand with YaHavah, Jesus, and the Bible.

Hermeneutics is a study of methodology of the principles of interpretation. I present the values I follow in three levels—standards, confirmation, and balance all based on the Bible. Other expositors may state their methodology differently.

The following list of interpretive methodology helps to weed out the self-centered factor of human understanding. What remains is a deeper understanding of the personal relationship between YaHavah, Jesus Christ, and Believer; that perhaps, is the finer point of the Judeo/Christian Bible and purpose of the Word of YHVH Bible.

STANDARDS:
• First pray, asking for YaHavah’s counsel, wisdom, understanding, and knowledge
• Allow the Bible to narrate and YHVH’s Spirit to interpret
• Test the spirit of applied teachings and doctrines by YHVH’s Spirit and the Word

CONFIRMATION:
• Study the context of the passage and the theme of the book
• Look up the contextual meaning of each in the original languages (An online Bible with Strong’s Dictionary Concordance, such as E-sword.net is very useful)
• Note the verb tenses, the cases, and other grammar
• Learn the cultural setting of the passage but never place more importance on this than on the Word itself
• Check out cross-references to determine use in other contexts (See how the Bible presents the use of the word or topic; also helpful are word and phrase searches at Biblegateway.com)
• Confirm an interpretation with two or three similar passages

BALANCE:
• Spiritual perception over intellectual understanding
• YaHavah’s revelation over human reasoning
• Genuine love of YaHavah and Jesus rather than justification of selfishness
• Christ’s commands over man’s theology

This article describes my whole methodology of the study of and writing about the Bible. I consider it a good rule of thumb. Is it better than anyone else? I say that as long as a person puts YaHavah and Jesus first and loving YaHavah with all the heart, mind, and soul, that is the better way.

About Mary Lewis *

Retired senior citizen and Christian writer My ministry in writing is to encourage all people to learn how to test the spirit of what they see, hear, and think to see if it is from YaHavah, our creator, before they act on it. There is always something to learn about YaHavah and Jesus and never risk becoming a know-it-all.
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