Andrew E. Hill Interpretive Pitfalls

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Though approaching the Old Testament with sound mind and pure heart, the reader may inadvertently fall into "interpretive pitfalls". According to A Survey of the Old Testament, by Andrew E. Hill, some of these pitfalls include but aren't limited to: not understanding The Bible didn't come in English, or through Western culture (17), not allowing the Bible to speak for itself (26), not recognizing presuppositions (26), or even ignoring the author's message in favor of how the interpreter wants to use the text (27). Of these downfalls, ignoring the author's message must be the worst. To ignore the message of the author means you have studied and properly understood the meaning of what you've read; however, you've chosen to manipulate The Word

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