Exegesis Of The Bible On Our Creative Capacities

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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…show more content…
He serves simply as a narrator who is painting a picture of what he is shown through Jesus Christ. The Book of Revelation is an apocalyptic literature. This type of literature utilizes incredible imagery to aid in getting the point across to its readers. “Revelation is a book to excite the senses.” John refers to this book as a prophetic message. Commentators later described this book as an apocalyptic. This book can be a challenge to read. It does not have a straight story line and that can make it hard to follow. In addition, the vivid imagery can be difficult to read, hard to imagine and just plain troublesome. When John starts the book out, he tells the reader he is writing to the seven church of Asia (1:7). That area is now knows as modern Turkey. The Book was written during a time of persecution for the early Christians. There were a lot of social pressures on Christians at the time the Book was written. People were questioning the divine purpose. The writing was done to “make available, the visions and ‘revelations’ seen by holy, prayerful people who were wrestling with” that question. The Book of Revelation is written in “a four-stage revelation.” The first deals with different things “God has revealed to Jesus himself” and this is delivered by Jesus, through an angel, to one specific savant, John. The “book then takes the form of an extended letter.”
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