Exegesis Of The Bible On Our Creative Capacities

2032 Words May 23rd, 2016 9 Pages
As a pastor, the exegetical process of scripture is highly important. As humans, exegesis is a daily practice in our lives; we just don’t realize we are doing it! “Interpreting the Bible differs from reading a letter from a friend, an article in a contemporary magazine, a newspaper account of some event of a modern novel or short story.” As we dissect a Book of the Bible, we must be careful to not take scripture out of context. It is important to determine who wrote the book (if available), the time it was written and to what audience. As I begin to read chapter 20 of Revelations, I will begin my exegetical practice with the basic information of the book and proceed into the chapter in questions. It is only through this complete process that I am afforded the ability to truly understand the scripture. Exegesis allows the opportunity to be challenged to “draw on our creative capacities in developing informed, imaginative, interesting, and compelling interpretations of the Bible.” We don’t know much about the author of Revelation other than his name is John as revealed in 1:1 (CEB)“…Christ made it known by sending it through his angel to his servant John…. “It has been determined by a variety of ways that the John who wrote Revelation is not John the apostle. The knowledge and use of the Greek languages is demonstrably very different between the Gospel of John and the book of Revelation. John reveals in 1:9(CEB), “,,,was on the island called Patmos” his location.…
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