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  81. "The <application>Biblestudy HowTo</application> is a guide for studying the "
  82. "Bible."
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  88. "It is the hope of the &bibletime; team that this HowTo will provoke the "
  89. "readers to study the scriptures to see what they say. This particular study "
  90. "guide has been chosen as it takes care not to advocate any particular "
  91. "denominational doctrine. We expect you to read and study the scriptures to "
  92. "understand what they say. If you start with the attitude that you want to "
  93. "have the Lord sow his word in your heart He will not disappoint you."
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  116. msgid "Rules of Bible Interpretation (Hermeneutics)"
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  122. "We already learned about the \"3 Cs\": content, context, cross-reference. We "
  123. "want to expand that now by delving briefly into biblical hermeneutics, whose "
  124. "goal is to discover the meaning intended by the original author (and "
  125. "Author!). While many applications of a passage are valid, only one "
  126. "interpretation is valid. The scripture itself says this by saying that no "
  127. "scripture is of any private interpretation (2 Pe.1:20 KJV <quote>Knowing "
  128. "this first, that no prophesy of scripture is of any private interpretation.</"
  129. "quote>). Certain rules are helps toward discovering the correct meaning; by "
  130. "ignoring these rules people have brought much trouble on themselves and "
  131. "their followers. 2 Pe.3:16 <quote>...in which are some things hard to "
  132. "understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the "
  133. "rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.</quote>"
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  139. "How do we go about discovering the intended meaning of a passage? Let's say "
  140. "your attention has been drawn to a particular verse whose meaning is not "
  141. "clear to you. How do you study it out? Keep these rules in mind:"
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  146. msgid "Rule 1 - Interpret according to the exact meaning of the words."
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  152. "The more precise we can be with the exact, original meaning of the words the "
  153. "better our interpretation will be. Try to find the exact meaning of the key "
  154. "words by following these steps:"
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  159. msgid "Definition"
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  165. "Look up the definition in a Greek or Hebrew dictionary. For verbs, the verb "
  166. "tense is also crucial."
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  171. msgid "Cross-reference"
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  177. "Compare scripture with scripture. Seeing how the same Greek or Hebrew word "
  178. "(not the English word) is used in scripture may clarify or throw new light "
  179. "on the definition. How does the same author use this word elsewhere? Other "
  180. "authors? Your reference tools may give you uses of the word in non-biblical "
  181. "documents, as well. Why do we have to go to the original languages; why "
  182. "isn't the English word good enough? <emphasis>Because more than one greek "
  183. "word may be translated into the same english word, and the greek words may "
  184. "have different shades of meaning.</emphasis>"
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  189. msgid "Example 1A"
  190. msgstr ""
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  195. "Jn.20:17 <emphasis>\"Touch me not\"</emphasis> (KJV) sounds harsh, doesn't "
  196. "it? Sounds like Jesus doesn't want to be touched now that He is risen, that "
  197. "He is too holy or something. But that doesn't seem right, so let's look it "
  198. "up in Spiros Zodhiates' <emphasis>The Complete Word Study New Testament</"
  199. "emphasis> (AMG Publishers, 1991)."
  200. msgstr ""
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  205. "Definition: Turning to John 20:17, above the word \"Touch\" we see \"pim680."
  206. "\" The letters give us a code for the part of speech, and the number refers "
  207. "to Strong's dictionary reference. Let's look up the definition (p. 879). "
  208. "\"680. Haptomai; from hapto (681), touch. Refers to such handling of an "
  209. "object as to exert a modifying influence upon it... Distinguished from "
  210. "pselaphao (5584), which actually only means to touch the surface of "
  211. "something. \" Now look up \"pim.\" The grammar codes in Zodhiates come right "
  212. "after Revelation; on p. 849 we see that pim stands for \"present imperative "
  213. "active (80)\". On p.857, \"Present Imperative. In the active voice, it may "
  214. "indicate a command to do something in the future which involves continuous "
  215. "or repeated action or, when it is negated, a command to stop doing "
  216. "something. \" This is a negative command, so it is to stop doing something "
  217. "that is already occuring. So, what have we found?"
  218. msgstr ""
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  223. "Mary is already clinging to Jesus, and he is saying to stop holding him!"
  224. msgstr ""
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  228. msgid "Example 1B"
  229. msgstr ""
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  234. "In James 5:14, <emphasis>Elders are told to pray and anoint someone who is "
  235. "sick</emphasis>. What is this anointing?"
  236. msgstr ""
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  241. "Definition of aleipho (218) - \"to oil\" (Strong's); but we also have "
  242. "another Greek word translated \"anoint\", chrio (5548) - \"to smear or rub "
  243. "with oil, i.e. to consecrate to an office or religious service\" (Strong's). "
  244. "Since it's a verb, consider the tense also, \"apta\" aorist participle "
  245. "active. \"The aorist participle expresses simple action, as opposed to "
  246. "continuous action...When its relaitonship to the main verb is temporal, it "
  247. "usually signifies action prior to that of the main verb.\" (Zodhiates p.851)"
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  252. msgid "Cross-references for aleipho:"
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  255. #: how2-interpretation.docbook:64
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  257. msgid "Mt.6:17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head"
  258. msgstr ""
  259. #. Tag: para
  260. #: how2-interpretation.docbook:65
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  262. msgid "Mk.16:1 [the women] brought spices that they might come and anoint Him."
  263. msgstr ""
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  268. "Mk.6:13 And they were...anointing with oil many sick people and healing them."
  269. msgstr ""
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  273. msgid "Lk.7:38 [...] kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume"
  274. msgstr ""
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  278. msgid ""
  279. "Jn.12:3 Mary [...] anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped them with her hair"
  280. msgstr ""
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  284. msgid "Cross-references of chrio:"
  285. msgstr ""
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  289. msgid ""
  290. "Lk.4:18 <quote>The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me "
  291. "to preach [...]</quote>"
  292. msgstr ""
  293. #. Tag: para
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  296. msgid "Acts 4:27 Jesus, whom Thou hast anointed"
  297. msgstr ""
  298. #. Tag: para
  299. #: how2-interpretation.docbook:76
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  301. msgid "Acts 10:38 God anointed Jesus with the Holy Ghost and power"
  302. msgstr ""
  303. #. Tag: para
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  306. msgid "2 Cor.1:21 Now He who...anointed us is God"
  307. msgstr ""
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  312. "So what's the difference between aleipho and chrio? Look back over the cross-"
  313. "references and the definitions, and sum up the difference: <emphasis>&quot;"
  314. "aleipho&quot; is a practical use of oil and &quot;chrio&quot; is a "
  315. "spiritual</emphasis>"
  316. msgstr ""
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  320. msgid ""
  321. "As an illustration (although the word is not used) of the practical use of "
  322. "oil at that time, when the good Samaritan cared for the man beat up by "
  323. "robbers he poured oil and wine in the wound. So oil had a medicinal use in "
  324. "Jesus' day."
  325. msgstr ""
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  329. msgid ""
  330. "Now let's apply what we just learned by this word study to James 5:14 "
  331. "<emphasis>\"Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the "
  332. "church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of "
  333. "the Lord.\"</emphasis> Is \"anointing\" spiritual or practical? Practical!"
  334. msgstr ""
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  339. "And the tense in Greek, the aorist participle, would be better translated "
  340. "\"having anointed,\" so the order is the anointing first, then the prayer "
  341. "(\"in the name of the Lord\"refers to the prayer, not the anointing). James "
  342. "5 is saying that the elders should give the sick person medicine and pray "
  343. "for him in the name of the Lord. Doesn't that express a beautiful balance of "
  344. "practical and spiritual in our God!"
  345. msgstr ""
  346. #. Tag: title
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  348. #, no-c-format
  349. msgid "Rule 2 - Interpret within the biblical context"
  350. msgstr ""
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  355. "Interpret scripture in harmony with other scripture. What do the verses on "
  356. "each side say? What is the theme of the chapter? the book? Does your "
  357. "interpretation fit with these? If not, it is flawed. Usually, the context "
  358. "supplies what we need to correctly interpret the passage. Context is key. If "
  359. "confusion remains as to the meaning after we have interpreted the text "
  360. "within its context, we have to look further."
  361. msgstr ""
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  365. msgid "Example 2A"
  366. msgstr ""
  367. #. Tag: para
  368. #: how2-interpretation.docbook:111
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  370. msgid ""
  371. "In a previous lesson we considered Jn.3:5 <emphasis>\"born of water and the "
  372. "Spirit.\"</emphasis> In context, what is the water under discussion here?"
  373. msgstr ""
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  378. "Water baptism is not under discussion here, which would be a big switch from "
  379. "the subject being discussed by Jesus and Nicodemus. Watch out for a sudden "
  380. "change of topic, it may be a clue that your interpretation has been "
  381. "derailed! The water is the amniotic fluid, \"born of water\" = natural birth."
  382. msgstr ""
  383. #. Tag: title
  384. #: how2-interpretation.docbook:117
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  386. msgid "Example 2B"
  387. msgstr ""
  388. #. Tag: para
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  391. msgid ""
  392. "1 Cor.14:34 <quote>Let the women keep silent in the churches</quote> has to "
  393. "be taken within the biblical context of 1 Cor.11:5 <quote>every woman [...] "
  394. "while praying or prophesying [...]</quote>"
  395. msgstr ""
  396. #. Tag: title
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  399. msgid "Example 2C"
  400. msgstr ""
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  404. msgid ""
  405. "Acts 2:38 <quote>And Peter said to them, &quot;Repent, and let each of you "
  406. "be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins "
  407. "[...]&quot;</quote>. Is this teaching baptismal regeneration? If this was "
  408. "the only verse of scripture we had, we would have to conclude that. But in "
  409. "the light of the clear teaching elsewhere that regeneration happens by faith "
  410. "in Christ, we have to interpret it otherwise. Peter is urging baptism as a "
  411. "way for his hearers to respond to the gospel. If baptism were the pathway to "
  412. "being born again, how could Paul write 1 Cor.1:17 <emphasis>\"For Christ did "
  413. "not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel\"</emphasis>?"
  414. msgstr ""
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  416. #: how2-interpretation.docbook:134
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  418. msgid "Rule 3 - Interpret within the historical and cultural context"
  419. msgstr ""
  420. #. Tag: para
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  424. "At first we are not asking <quote>What does it mean to me?</quote> but "
  425. "<quote>What did it mean to the original readers?</quote>; later we can ask, "
  426. "<quote>What does it mean to me?</quote>. We have to take into account the "
  427. "historical and cultural background of the author and the recipients."
  428. msgstr ""
  429. #. Tag: title
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  432. msgid "Example 3A"
  433. msgstr ""
  434. #. Tag: para
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  437. msgid ""
  438. "<quote>3 days &amp; 3 nights</quote> (Mt.12:40) have led some to come up "
  439. "with a \"Wednesday crucifixion theory,\" esp. the cult of Armstrongism. How "
  440. "could Jesus die on Friday afternoon and rise Sunday morning yet \"be raised "
  441. "on the third day\" (Mt.16:21)? Exact meanings of \"three\" or \"days\" won't "
  442. "help explain the apparent contradiction."
  443. msgstr ""
  444. #. Tag: para
  445. #: how2-interpretation.docbook:144
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  447. msgid ""
  448. "We need an historical tidbit: Jews counted any part of a day as a full day, "
  449. "as we would count buckets of water (if there were six and one-half buckets "
  450. "of water, we would say there were 7 buckets of water even if one was only "
  451. "partly full). So to the Jewish mind, any part of a day counted as a full "
  452. "day, and days started at 6 p.m. and ended at 6 p.m. Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 "
  453. "p.m. = day 1. Friday 6 p.m. to Saturday 6 p.m. = day 2. Saturday 6 p.m. to "
  454. "Sunday 5 or so a.m. = day 3. Interpreting within the cultural context keeps "
  455. "us out of trouble."
  456. msgstr ""
  457. #. Tag: title
  458. #: how2-interpretation.docbook:151
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  460. msgid "Example 3B"
  461. msgstr ""
  462. #. Tag: para
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  465. msgid ""
  466. "Gen.15:7-21. The historical context is that cutting animals in two and then "
  467. "walking between the pieces was the normal way of entering a contract in "
  468. "Abraham's day. Both parties walked between, taking the pledge that "
  469. "dismemberment would happen to them if they didn't live up to their part of "
  470. "the contract. But in this case only God goes thru, making it a unilateral "
  471. "covenant."
  472. msgstr ""
  473. #. Tag: title
  474. #: how2-interpretation.docbook:159
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  476. msgid "Rule 4 - Interpret according to the normal usage of words in language"
  477. msgstr ""
  478. #. Tag: para
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  481. msgid ""
  482. "Let literal language be literal and figurative language be figurative. And "
  483. "watch out for idioms, which have special meanings."
  484. msgstr ""
  485. #. Tag: title
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  488. msgid "Example 4A"
  489. msgstr ""
  490. #. Tag: para
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  493. msgid "<quote>evil eye</quote> in Mt.6:23."
  494. msgstr ""
  495. #. Tag: para
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  499. "Rule 1, definition of \"evil\" and \"eye\" - no help here. Rule 2, context: "
  500. "seems to confuse us even more. It doesn't seem to fit with what goes before "
  501. "and after! This should tip us off that we aren't understanding it rightly!!"
  502. msgstr ""
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  507. "What we have here is a Hebrew idiom, <quote>evil eye</quote>. Let's look up "
  508. "other uses of this idiom: Mt.20:15 \"<emphasis>Is it not lawful for me to do "
  509. "what I wish with what is my own? Or is your eye envious [lit.\"evil\"] "
  510. "because I am generous [lit. \"good\"]?</emphasis>\" We find that having an "
  511. "\"evil eye\" is a Hebrew idiom for being stingy or envious. Now go back to "
  512. "Mt.6 and notice how this understanding ties in so perfectly to the context."
  513. msgstr ""
  514. #. Tag: title
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  517. msgid "Example 4B"
  518. msgstr ""
  519. #. Tag: para
  520. #: how2-interpretation.docbook:175
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  522. msgid "Is.59:1 <quote>The Lord's hand is not short;</quote>"
  523. msgstr ""
  524. #. Tag: para
  525. #: how2-interpretation.docbook:176
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  527. msgid "Deut.33:27 <quote>Underneath are the everlasting arms.</quote>"
  528. msgstr ""
  529. #. Tag: para
  530. #: how2-interpretation.docbook:177
  531. #, no-c-format
  532. msgid ""
  533. "References to body parts of God are used by Latter-Day Saints to prove that "
  534. "God was once a man just as we are. Once they convince people of that, they "
  535. "go on to teach that we can become God just like He is! At a lecture he was "
  536. "giving, a group of Mormon elders challenged Walter Martin (author of "
  537. "<emphasis>Kingdom of the Cults</emphasis>) with an enumeration of verses "
  538. "like these. Dr. Martin then asked the Mormons to read one more scripture: "
  539. "Ps.91:4 <quote>He will cover you with His feathers; And under His wings "
  540. "shalt thou trust</quote>. W.M. said, <quote>By the same rules of "
  541. "interpretation that you just proved God to be a man, you just proved that He "
  542. "is a bird</quote>. The Mormons had to laugh as they realised the "
  543. "ridiculousness of their position."
  544. msgstr ""
  545. #. Tag: title
  546. #: how2-interpretation.docbook:189
  547. #, no-c-format
  548. msgid ""
  549. "Rule 5 - Understand the purpose of parables and the difference between a "
  550. "parable and an allegory"
  551. msgstr ""
  552. #. Tag: para
  553. #: how2-interpretation.docbook:190
  554. #, no-c-format
  555. msgid ""
  556. "An allegory is: <emphasis>A story where each element has a meaning.</"
  557. "emphasis>"
  558. msgstr ""
  559. #. Tag: para
  560. #: how2-interpretation.docbook:191
  561. #, no-c-format
  562. msgid "Every parable is an allegory, true or false?"
  563. msgstr ""
  564. #. Tag: para
  565. #: how2-interpretation.docbook:193
  566. #, no-c-format
  567. msgid ""
  568. "Some parables are allegories, for instance, the parable of the sower is an "
  569. "allegory: the seed is the word of God, the thorns are worries and greed, "
  570. "etc. But most parables are not allegories but simply stories to illustrate "
  571. "one point. It's dangerous to get our doctrine from parables; they can be "
  572. "twisted to say all sorts of things. We need to get our doctrine from clear "
  573. "scriptures that lay it out; then if a parable illustrates that, fine."
  574. msgstr ""
  575. #. Tag: title
  576. #: how2-interpretation.docbook:198
  577. #, no-c-format
  578. msgid "Example 5A"
  579. msgstr ""
  580. #. Tag: para
  581. #: how2-interpretation.docbook:199
  582. #, no-c-format
  583. msgid ""
  584. "The parable of the widow with the unrighteous judge in Lk.18:1-8. This story "
  585. "illustrates one lesson: boldness in prayer. If we draw it into an allegory, "
  586. "what do we have?"
  587. msgstr ""
  588. #. Tag: para
  589. #: how2-interpretation.docbook:201
  590. #, no-c-format
  591. msgid ""
  592. "All sorts of violence happens to the meanings: God is reluctant to protect "
  593. "the rights of widows, prayer \"bothers\" Him, etc."
  594. msgstr ""
  595. #. Tag: title
  596. #: how2-interpretation.docbook:204
  597. #, no-c-format
  598. msgid "Example 5B"
  599. msgstr ""
  600. #. Tag: para
  601. #: how2-interpretation.docbook:205
  602. #, no-c-format
  603. msgid ""
  604. "The parable of the unrighteous steward in Lk.16:1-9. What is the point of "
  605. "the parable? Is it an allegory?"
  606. msgstr ""
  607. #. Tag: para
  608. #: how2-interpretation.docbook:207
  609. #, no-c-format
  610. msgid ""
  611. "The steward is commended for only one thing, his shrewdness in using what he "
  612. "had to prepare for a time when he wouldn't have it. But he is not commended "
  613. "for his unethical behavior in cheating his master."
  614. msgstr ""
  615. #. Tag: title
  616. #: how2-importance.docbook:1
  617. #, no-c-format
  618. msgid "Importance of God's Word"
  619. msgstr ""
  620. #. Tag: para
  621. #: how2-importance.docbook:2
  622. #, no-c-format
  623. msgid ""
  624. "Understanding God's word is of great importance to all who call on God's "
  625. "name. Study of the Bible is one of the primary ways that we learn to "
  626. "communicate with God."
  627. msgstr ""
  628. #. Tag: title
  629. #: how2-importance.docbook:6
  630. #, no-c-format
  631. msgid "A Book that is Unique"
  632. msgstr ""
  633. #. Tag: para
  634. #: how2-importance.docbook:7
  635. #, no-c-format
  636. msgid "The Bible stands alone in many ways. It is unique in:"
  637. msgstr ""
  638. #. Tag: para
  639. #: how2-importance.docbook:11
  640. #, no-c-format
  641. msgid ""
  642. "popularity. Bible sales in North America: more than $500 million per year. "
  643. "The Bible is both the the all-time and year-to-year best seller!"
  644. msgstr ""
  645. #. Tag: para
  646. #: how2-importance.docbook:17
  647. #, no-c-format
  648. msgid ""
  649. "authorship. It was written over a period of 1600 years by 40 different "
  650. "authors from different backgrounds, yet reads as if written by one."
  651. msgstr ""
  652. #. Tag: para
  653. #: how2-importance.docbook:23
  654. #, no-c-format
  655. msgid ""
  656. "preservation. F. F. Bruce in <emphasis>Are New Testament Documents Reliable?"
  657. "</emphasis> compares New Testament manuscripts with other ancient texts:"
  658. msgstr ""
  659. #. Tag: title
  660. #: how2-importance.docbook:30
  661. #, no-c-format
  662. msgid "Comparison of New Testament manuscripts with other ancient texts."
  663. msgstr ""
  664. #. Tag: entry
  665. #: how2-importance.docbook:34
  666. #, no-c-format
  667. msgid "Work"
  668. msgstr ""
  669. #. Tag: entry
  670. #: how2-importance.docbook:35
  671. #, no-c-format
  672. msgid "When Written"
  673. msgstr ""
  674. #. Tag: entry
  675. #: how2-importance.docbook:36
  676. #, no-c-format
  677. msgid "Earliest Copy"
  678. msgstr ""
  679. #. Tag: entry
  680. #: how2-importance.docbook:37
  681. #, no-c-format
  682. msgid "Time Lapse"
  683. msgstr ""
  684. #. Tag: entry
  685. #: how2-importance.docbook:37
  686. #, no-c-format
  687. msgid "Number of Copies"
  688. msgstr ""
  689. #. Tag: entry
  690. #: how2-importance.docbook:41
  691. #, no-c-format
  692. msgid "Herodotus"
  693. msgstr ""
  694. #. Tag: entry
  695. #: how2-importance.docbook:42
  696. #, no-c-format
  697. msgid "448-428 B.C."
  698. msgstr ""
  699. #. Tag: entry
  700. #: how2-importance.docbook:42 how2-importance.docbook:52
  701. #: how2-importance.docbook:57
  702. #, no-c-format
  703. msgid "900 A.D."
  704. msgstr ""
  705. #. Tag: entry
  706. #: how2-importance.docbook:43
  707. #, no-c-format
  708. msgid "1300 years"
  709. msgstr ""
  710. #. Tag: entry
  711. #: how2-importance.docbook:43
  712. #, no-c-format
  713. msgid "<entry>8</entry>"
  714. msgstr ""
  715. #. Tag: entry
  716. #: how2-importance.docbook:46
  717. #, no-c-format
  718. msgid "Tacitus"
  719. msgstr ""
  720. #. Tag: entry
  721. #: how2-importance.docbook:47
  722. #, no-c-format
  723. msgid "100 A.D."
  724. msgstr ""
  725. #. Tag: entry
  726. #: how2-importance.docbook:47
  727. #, no-c-format
  728. msgid "1100 A.D."
  729. msgstr ""
  730. #. Tag: entry
  731. #: how2-importance.docbook:48
  732. #, no-c-format
  733. msgid "1000 years"
  734. msgstr ""
  735. #. Tag: entry
  736. #: how2-importance.docbook:48 how2-importance.docbook:58
  737. #, no-c-format
  738. msgid "<entry>20</entry>"
  739. msgstr ""
  740. #. Tag: entry
  741. #: how2-importance.docbook:51
  742. #, no-c-format
  743. msgid "Caesar's <emphasis>Gallic War</emphasis>"
  744. msgstr ""
  745. #. Tag: entry
  746. #: how2-importance.docbook:52
  747. #, no-c-format
  748. msgid "50-58 B.C."
  749. msgstr ""
  750. #. Tag: entry
  751. #: how2-importance.docbook:53
  752. #, no-c-format
  753. msgid "950 years"
  754. msgstr ""
  755. #. Tag: entry
  756. #: how2-importance.docbook:53
  757. #, no-c-format
  758. msgid "<entry>10</entry>"
  759. msgstr ""
  760. #. Tag: entry
  761. #: how2-importance.docbook:56
  762. #, no-c-format
  763. msgid "Livy's <emphasis>Roman History</emphasis>"
  764. msgstr ""
  765. #. Tag: entry
  766. #: how2-importance.docbook:57
  767. #, no-c-format
  768. msgid "59 B.C. - 17 A.D."
  769. msgstr ""
  770. #. Tag: entry
  771. #: how2-importance.docbook:58
  772. #, no-c-format
  773. msgid "900 years"
  774. msgstr ""
  775. #. Tag: entry
  776. #: how2-importance.docbook:61
  777. #, no-c-format
  778. msgid "New Testament"
  779. msgstr ""
  780. #. Tag: entry
  781. #: how2-importance.docbook:62
  782. #, no-c-format
  783. msgid "40 A.D. - 100 A.D."
  784. msgstr ""
  785. #. Tag: entry
  786. #: how2-importance.docbook:62
  787. #, no-c-format
  788. msgid "130 A.D. Partial manuscripts 350 A.D. Full manuscripts"
  789. msgstr ""
  790. #. Tag: entry
  791. #: how2-importance.docbook:63
  792. #, no-c-format
  793. msgid "30 - 310 years"
  794. msgstr ""
  795. #. Tag: entry
  796. #: how2-importance.docbook:63
  797. #, no-c-format
  798. msgid "5000 Greek &amp; 10,000 Latin"
  799. msgstr ""
  800. #. Tag: para
  801. #: how2-importance.docbook:66
  802. #, no-c-format
  803. msgid ""
  804. "Ten copies of Caesar's <emphasis>Gallic War</emphasis> exist, the earliest "
  805. "of which was copied 900 years after Caesar wrote the original, etc. For the "
  806. "New Testament we have full manuscripts dating to 350 A. D., papyri "
  807. "containing most of the New Testament from the 200s, and a fragment of John's "
  808. "gospel from 130 A. D. How many manuscripts do we have to compare to each "
  809. "other? 5,000 in Greek and 10,000 in Latin!"
  810. msgstr ""
  811. #. Tag: attribution
  812. #: how2-importance.docbook:72
  813. #, no-c-format
  814. msgid ""
  815. "Textual critic F. J. A. Hort, \"The New Testament in the Original Greek\", "
  816. "vol. 1 p561, Macmillan Co., quoted in <emphasis>Questions of Life</emphasis> "
  817. "p. 25-26"
  818. msgstr ""
  819. #. Tag: para
  820. #: how2-importance.docbook:74
  821. #, no-c-format
  822. msgid ""
  823. "\"In the verity and fullness of the evidence on which it rests, the text of "
  824. "the New Testament stands absolutely and unapproachably alone among other "
  825. "ancient prose writings.\""
  826. msgstr ""
  827. #. Tag: title
  828. #: how2-importance.docbook:79
  829. #, no-c-format
  830. msgid "A Book that God Breathed"
  831. msgstr ""
  832. #. Tag: para
  833. #: how2-importance.docbook:80
  834. #, no-c-format
  835. msgid ""
  836. "<emphasis>Heb.4:12 </emphasis>\"<emphasis>For the word of God is living and "
  837. "active... </emphasis>\" Jesus said <emphasis>(Mt.4:4),</emphasis> "
  838. "\"<emphasis>It is written, Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every "
  839. "word that proceeds [lit., is proceeding] from the mouth of God.</emphasis>\" "
  840. "As we read the Bible, God's Spirit is there to speak it to our hearts in a "
  841. "continually-fresh way."
  842. msgstr ""
  843. #. Tag: para
  844. #: how2-importance.docbook:86
  845. #, no-c-format
  846. msgid ""
  847. "2 Tim.3:16 declares, \"<emphasis>All scripture is inspired by God [lit., God-"
  848. "breathed].</emphasis>\" Do you believe this? Before you answer, consider "
  849. "Jesus' attitude toward the Scriptures."
  850. msgstr ""
  851. #. Tag: attribution
  852. #: how2-importance.docbook:89
  853. #, no-c-format
  854. msgid ""
  855. "John R.W. Stott, <emphasis>Christ the Controversialist</emphasis>, "
  856. "InterVarsity Press 1978, pp.93-95"
  857. msgstr ""
  858. #. Tag: para
  859. #: how2-importance.docbook:90
  860. #, no-c-format
  861. msgid ""
  862. "He referred to the human authors, but took it for granted that behind them "
  863. "all was a single divine Author. He could equally say 'Moses said' or 'God "
  864. "said' (Mk.7:10). He could quote a comment of the narrator in Genesis 2:24 as "
  865. "an utterance of the Creator Himself (Mt.19:4-5). Similarly He said, 'Well "
  866. "did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written', when what He went "
  867. "on to quote is the direct speech of the Lord God (Mk.7:6 &amp; Is.29:13). It "
  868. "is from Jesus Himself that the New Testament authors have gained their "
  869. "conviction of the dual authorship of Scripture. For them it was just as true "
  870. "to say that 'God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets' (Heb.1:1) as "
  871. "it was to say that 'men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God' (2 "
  872. "Pe.1:21). God did not speak in such a way as to obliterate the personality "
  873. "of the human authors, nor did men speak in such a way as to corrupt the Word "
  874. "of the divine Author. God spoke. Men spoke. Neither truth must be allowed to "
  875. "detract from the other. ..."
  876. msgstr ""
  877. #. Tag: para
  878. #: how2-importance.docbook:104
  879. #, no-c-format
  880. msgid ""
  881. "This, then, was Christ's view of the Scriptures. Their witness was God's "
  882. "witness. The testimony of the Bible is the testimony of God. And the chief "
  883. "reason why the Christian believes in the divine origin of the Bible is that "
  884. "Jesus Christ Himself taught it."
  885. msgstr ""
  886. #. Tag: para
  887. #: how2-importance.docbook:110
  888. #, no-c-format
  889. msgid ""
  890. "2 Tim.3:16 goes on, \"<emphasis>and profitable for teaching, for correction, "
  891. "for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be adequate, equipped "
  892. "for every good work.</emphasis>\" If we accept that the Bible really is God "
  893. "speaking to us, it follows that it will be our authority in all matters of "
  894. "faith and conduct."
  895. msgstr ""
  896. #. Tag: title
  897. #: how2-importance.docbook:117
  898. #, no-c-format
  899. msgid "A Book that Works"
  900. msgstr ""
  901. #. Tag: para
  902. #: how2-importance.docbook:118
  903. #, no-c-format
  904. msgid ""
  905. "What will studying the Bible do for you? 1 Thess.2:13 says that the Bible "
  906. "\"<emphasis>performs its work in you who believe.</emphasis>\" Beside each "
  907. "scripture, write down the work the Word performs."
  908. msgstr ""
  909. #. Tag: title
  910. #: how2-importance.docbook:125
  911. #, no-c-format
  912. msgid "What does Bible study do for Christians?"
  913. msgstr ""
  914. #. Tag: entry
  915. #: how2-importance.docbook:129
  916. #, no-c-format
  917. msgid "Reference"
  918. msgstr ""
  919. #. Tag: entry
  920. #: how2-importance.docbook:130
  921. #, no-c-format
  922. msgid "Action"
  923. msgstr ""
  924. #. Tag: entry
  925. #: how2-importance.docbook:135
  926. #, no-c-format
  927. msgid "Eph. 5:26"
  928. msgstr ""
  929. #. Tag: entry
  930. #: how2-importance.docbook:137
  931. #, no-c-format
  932. msgid ""
  933. "cleanses -- \"...having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word.\""
  934. msgstr ""
  935. #. Tag: entry
  936. #: how2-importance.docbook:141
  937. #, no-c-format
  938. msgid "Acts 20:32"
  939. msgstr ""
  940. #. Tag: entry
  941. #: how2-importance.docbook:144
  942. #, no-c-format
  943. msgid ""
  944. "builds up -- \" ...the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and "
  945. "to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. \""
  946. msgstr ""
  947. #. Tag: entry
  948. #: how2-importance.docbook:153
  949. #, no-c-format
  950. msgid "Rom. 15:4"
  951. msgstr ""
  952. #. Tag: entry
  953. #: how2-importance.docbook:156
  954. #, no-c-format
  955. msgid ""
  956. "encourages -- \"that through perseverance and the encouragement of the "
  957. "Scriptures we might have hope.\""
  958. msgstr ""
  959. #. Tag: entry
  960. #: how2-importance.docbook:163
  961. #, no-c-format
  962. msgid "Rom. 10:17"
  963. msgstr ""
  964. #. Tag: entry
  965. #: how2-importance.docbook:166
  966. #, no-c-format
  967. msgid ""
  968. "gives faith -- \"So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of "
  969. "Christ.\""
  970. msgstr ""
  971. #. Tag: entry
  972. #: how2-importance.docbook:174
  973. #, no-c-format
  974. msgid "1 Cor. 10:11"
  975. msgstr ""
  976. #. Tag: entry
  977. #: how2-importance.docbook:177
  978. #, no-c-format
  979. msgid ""
  980. "instructs -- \"Now these things happened to them for an example, and they "
  981. "were written for our instruction\""
  982. msgstr ""
  983. #. Tag: entry
  984. #: how2-importance.docbook:185
  985. #, no-c-format
  986. msgid "Mt. 4:4"
  987. msgstr ""
  988. #. Tag: entry
  989. #: how2-importance.docbook:188
  990. #, no-c-format
  991. msgid ""
  992. "nourishment -- \"But He answered and said, 'It is written, Man shall not "
  993. "live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of "
  994. "God.'\""
  995. msgstr ""
  996. #. Tag: title
  997. #: how2-importance.docbook:200
  998. #, no-c-format
  999. msgid "A Book that Liberates"
  1000. msgstr ""
  1001. #. Tag: para
  1002. #: how2-importance.docbook:201
  1003. #, no-c-format
  1004. msgid ""
  1005. "Jn.8:32 \"<emphasis>and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make "
  1006. "you free.</emphasis>\"This is usually quoted by itself. Is this a "
  1007. "conditional or unconditional promise? Would it apply to all kinds of "
  1008. "knowledge? Find the answers by examining the first half of the sentence, in "
  1009. "v.31. \"<emphasis>If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of "
  1010. "Mine... </emphasis>\""
  1011. msgstr ""
  1012. #. Tag: para
  1013. #: how2-importance.docbook:208
  1014. #, no-c-format
  1015. msgid ""
  1016. "We see that this is a conditional promice, specifically speaking of the "
  1017. "truth of God's word."
  1018. msgstr ""
  1019. #. Tag: para
  1020. #: how2-importance.docbook:210
  1021. #, no-c-format
  1022. msgid ""
  1023. "The Greek word for \"wind\" used in Eph.4:14 means a <emphasis>violent wind."
  1024. "</emphasis> \"<emphasis>As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed "
  1025. "here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine...</"
  1026. "emphasis>\"One thing studying the Bible does for us is to ground us in the "
  1027. "truth, with the result that we won't be easily \"blown away.\""
  1028. msgstr ""
  1029. #. Tag: para
  1030. #: how2-importance.docbook:216
  1031. #, no-c-format
  1032. msgid ""
  1033. "<emphasis>But Jesus answered and said to them, </emphasis>\"<emphasis>You "
  1034. "are mistaken [KJV Ye do err], not understanding the Scriptures, or the power "
  1035. "of God.</emphasis>\"Mt.22:29"
  1036. msgstr ""
  1037. #. Tag: para
  1038. #: how2-importance.docbook:218
  1039. #, no-c-format
  1040. msgid "What 2 things do we need to know to be kept from error?"
  1041. msgstr ""
  1042. #. Tag: para
  1043. #: how2-importance.docbook:220
  1044. #, no-c-format
  1045. msgid "God's word"
  1046. msgstr ""
  1047. #. Tag: para
  1048. #: how2-importance.docbook:221
  1049. #, no-c-format
  1050. msgid "God's power"
  1051. msgstr ""
  1052. #. Tag: title
  1053. #: how2-importance.docbook:225
  1054. #, no-c-format
  1055. msgid "A Book that Wars"
  1056. msgstr ""
  1057. #. Tag: para
  1058. #: how2-importance.docbook:226
  1059. #, no-c-format
  1060. msgid "Eph.6:10-18 is one picture of our spiritual armament."
  1061. msgstr ""
  1062. #. Tag: title
  1063. #: how2-importance.docbook:229
  1064. #, no-c-format
  1065. msgid "Spiritual Armor"
  1066. msgstr ""
  1067. #. Tag: entry
  1068. #: how2-importance.docbook:233
  1069. #, no-c-format
  1070. msgid "Question"
  1071. msgstr ""
  1072. #. Tag: entry
  1073. #: how2-importance.docbook:234
  1074. #, no-c-format
  1075. msgid "Answer"
  1076. msgstr ""
  1077. #. Tag: entry
  1078. #: how2-importance.docbook:237
  1079. #, no-c-format
  1080. msgid "How many of the weapons listed here are defensive weapons?"
  1081. msgstr ""
  1082. #. Tag: entry
  1083. #: how2-importance.docbook:237
  1084. #, no-c-format
  1085. msgid "<entry>5</entry>"
  1086. msgstr ""
  1087. #. Tag: entry
  1088. #: how2-importance.docbook:238
  1089. #, no-c-format
  1090. msgid "How many are offensive?"
  1091. msgstr ""
  1092. #. Tag: entry
  1093. #: how2-importance.docbook:238
  1094. #, no-c-format
  1095. msgid "<entry>One</entry>"
  1096. msgstr ""
  1097. #. Tag: entry
  1098. #: how2-importance.docbook:239
  1099. #, no-c-format
  1100. msgid "Which one(s)?"
  1101. msgstr ""
  1102. #. Tag: entry
  1103. #: how2-importance.docbook:239
  1104. #, no-c-format
  1105. msgid "the word - <foreignphrase>rhema</foreignphrase>"
  1106. msgstr ""
  1107. #. Tag: title
  1108. #: how2-importance.docbook:243
  1109. #, no-c-format
  1110. msgid "Exhortations"
  1111. msgstr ""
  1112. #. Tag: para
  1113. #: how2-importance.docbook:244
  1114. #, no-c-format
  1115. msgid ""
  1116. "2 Tim.2:15 (KJV) \"<emphasis>Study to show thyself approved unto God, a "
  1117. "workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.</"
  1118. "emphasis>\""
  1119. msgstr ""
  1120. #. Tag: para
  1121. #: how2-importance.docbook:248
  1122. #, no-c-format
  1123. msgid ""
  1124. "Col.3:16 \"<emphasis>Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you; with "
  1125. "all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and "
  1126. "spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.</emphasis>"
  1127. "\""
  1128. msgstr ""
  1129. #. Tag: para
  1130. #: how2-importance.docbook:253
  1131. #, no-c-format
  1132. msgid "If you're rich in something, how much of it do you have?"
  1133. msgstr ""
  1134. #. Tag: para
  1135. #: how2-importance.docbook:255
  1136. #, no-c-format
  1137. msgid "Not a little!"
  1138. msgstr ""
  1139. #. Tag: para
  1140. #: how2-importance.docbook:258
  1141. #, no-c-format
  1142. msgid ""
  1143. "Eccl.12:11-12 \"<emphasis>The words of wise men are like goads, and masters "
  1144. "of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one "
  1145. "Shepherd. But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is "
  1146. "endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body.</emphasis>"
  1147. "\""
  1148. msgstr ""
  1149. #. Tag: title
  1150. #: how2-importance.docbook:265
  1151. #, no-c-format
  1152. msgid "Appendix: \"Once for All\""
  1153. msgstr ""
  1154. #. Tag: attribution
  1155. #: how2-importance.docbook:268
  1156. #, no-c-format
  1157. msgid ""
  1158. "John R. W. Stott, <emphasis>Christ the Controversialist,</emphasis> "
  1159. "InterVarsity Press 1978, pp.106-107"
  1160. msgstr ""
  1161. #. Tag: para
  1162. #: how2-importance.docbook:269
  1163. #, no-c-format
  1164. msgid ""
  1165. "The truth regarding the finality of God's initiative in Christ is conveyed "
  1166. "by one word of the Greek Testament, namely the adverb <foreignphrase>hapax</"
  1167. "foreignphrase> and <foreignphrase>ephapax</foreignphrase>. It is usually "
  1168. "translated in the Authorized Version once, meaning once for all. It is used "
  1169. "of what is so done as to be of perpetual validity and never need repetition, "
  1170. "and is applied in the NT to both revelation and redemption. Thus, Jude "
  1171. "refers to the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3), "
  1172. "and Romans says, \"<emphasis>Christ also died for sins once for all</"
  1173. "emphasis>\" (Rom.6:10, see also 1 Pe.3:18; Heb.9:26-28)."
  1174. msgstr ""
  1175. #. Tag: para
  1176. #: how2-importance.docbook:278
  1177. #, no-c-format
  1178. msgid ""
  1179. "Thus we may say that God has spoken once for all and Christ has suffered "
  1180. "once for all. This means that the Christian revelation and the Christian "
  1181. "redemption are both alike in Christ complete. Nothing can be added to either "
  1182. "without being derogatory to Christ... These are the two rocks on which the "
  1183. "Protestant Reformation was built -- Gods revealed word without the addition "
  1184. "of human traditions and Christ's finished work without the addition of human "
  1185. "merits. The Reformers great watchwords were <foreignphrase>sola scriptura</"
  1186. "foreignphrase> for our authority and <foreignphrase>sola gratia</"
  1187. "foreignphrase> for our salvation."
  1188. msgstr ""
  1189. #. Tag: title
  1190. #: how2-importance.docbook:290
  1191. #, no-c-format
  1192. msgid "Supplement: Bible Reading Programs"
  1193. msgstr ""
  1194. #. Tag: para
  1195. #: how2-importance.docbook:291
  1196. #, no-c-format
  1197. msgid ""
  1198. "Here are some easy programs to systematically read your Bible. You can do "
  1199. "more than one at a time if you like, for instance #1 with #4, or #2 with #5. "
  1200. "Vary the program from year to year to keep it fresh!"
  1201. msgstr ""
  1202. #. Tag: para
  1203. #: how2-importance.docbook:296
  1204. #, no-c-format
  1205. msgid "New Testament in a Year: read one chapter each day, 5 days a week."
  1206. msgstr ""
  1207. #. Tag: para
  1208. #: how2-importance.docbook:298
  1209. #, no-c-format
  1210. msgid ""
  1211. "Proverbs in a Month: read one chapter of Proverbs each day, corresponding to "
  1212. "the day of the month."
  1213. msgstr ""
  1214. #. Tag: para
  1215. #: how2-importance.docbook:300
  1216. #, no-c-format
  1217. msgid ""
  1218. "Psalms in a Month: read 5 Psalms at intervals of 30 each day, for instance "
  1219. "on the 20th you read Ps.20, 50, 80, 110, &amp; 140."
  1220. msgstr ""
  1221. #. Tag: para
  1222. #: how2-importance.docbook:302
  1223. #, no-c-format
  1224. msgid ""
  1225. "Psalms &amp; Proverbs in 6 months: read through Psalms and Proverbs one "
  1226. "chapter per day."
  1227. msgstr ""
  1228. #. Tag: para
  1229. #: how2-importance.docbook:304
  1230. #, no-c-format
  1231. msgid ""
  1232. "Old Testament without Psalms &amp; Proverbs in 2 years: if you read one "
  1233. "chapter a day of the Old Testament, skipping over Psalms &amp; Proverbs, you "
  1234. "will read the Old Testament in 2 years and 2 weeks."
  1235. msgstr ""
  1236. #. Tag: title
  1237. #: how2-basics.docbook:1
  1238. #, no-c-format
  1239. msgid "Bible Study Basics"
  1240. msgstr ""
  1241. #. Tag: title
  1242. #: how2-basics.docbook:4
  1243. #, no-c-format
  1244. msgid "Our Purpose as we Approach the Bible"
  1245. msgstr ""
  1246. #. Tag: attribution
  1247. #: how2-basics.docbook:6
  1248. #, no-c-format
  1249. msgid "Jn.5:39-40"
  1250. msgstr ""
  1251. #. Tag: para
  1252. #: how2-basics.docbook:6
  1253. #, no-c-format
  1254. msgid ""
  1255. "You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal "
  1256. "life; and it is these that bear witness of Me; and you are unwilling to come "
  1257. "to Me, that you may have life."
  1258. msgstr ""
  1259. #. Tag: para
  1260. #: how2-basics.docbook:12
  1261. #, no-c-format
  1262. msgid ""
  1263. "The chief purpose of the book is to bring us to the Person. Martin Luther "
  1264. "said <quote>we go to the cradle only for the sake of the baby</quote>; just "
  1265. "so in Bible study, we do it not for its own sake but for fellowship with God."
  1266. msgstr ""
  1267. #. Tag: attribution
  1268. #: how2-basics.docbook:17
  1269. #, no-c-format
  1270. msgid ""
  1271. "John R.W. Stott, <emphasis>Christ the Controversialist</emphasis>, "
  1272. "InterVarsity Press 1978, pp.97, 104."
  1273. msgstr ""
  1274. #. Tag: para
  1275. #: how2-basics.docbook:19
  1276. #, no-c-format
  1277. msgid ""
  1278. "The Jews to whom Jesus spoke [...] imagined that to possess Scripture was "
  1279. "tantamount to possessing life. Hillel used to say, &quot;He who has gotten "
  1280. "to himself words of Torah has gotten to himself the life of the world to "
  1281. "come.&quot; Their study was an end in itself. In this they were grievously "
  1282. "deceived. [...]"
  1283. msgstr ""
  1284. #. Tag: para
  1285. #: how2-basics.docbook:24
  1286. #, no-c-format
  1287. msgid ""
  1288. "There is neither merit nor profit in the reading of Scripture for its own "
  1289. "sake, but only if it effectively introduces us to Jesus Christ. Whenever the "
  1290. "Bible is read, what is needed is an eager expectation that through it we may "
  1291. "meet Christ."
  1292. msgstr ""
  1293. #. Tag: title
  1294. #: how2-basics.docbook:31
  1295. #, no-c-format
  1296. msgid "Approaches to God's Word"
  1297. msgstr ""
  1298. #. Tag: para
  1299. #: how2-basics.docbook:32
  1300. #, no-c-format
  1301. msgid ""
  1302. "Hearing and reading provide a telescopic view of the scripture while study "
  1303. "and memorization provide a microscopic view of scripture. Meditating on the "
  1304. "scriptures brings hearing, reading, studying and memorization together and "
  1305. "cements the word in our minds."
  1306. msgstr ""
  1307. #. Tag: title
  1308. #: how2-basics.docbook:37
  1309. #, no-c-format
  1310. msgid "Hear"
  1311. msgstr ""
  1312. #. Tag: para
  1313. #: how2-basics.docbook:38
  1314. #, no-c-format
  1315. msgid ""
  1316. "Lk.11:28 <quote>blessed are those who hear the word of God, and observe it.</"
  1317. "quote>"
  1318. msgstr ""
  1319. #. Tag: title
  1320. #: how2-basics.docbook:42
  1321. #, no-c-format
  1322. msgid "Read"
  1323. msgstr ""
  1324. #. Tag: para
  1325. #: how2-basics.docbook:43
  1326. #, no-c-format
  1327. msgid ""
  1328. "Rev.1:3 <quote>Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this "
  1329. "prophecy [...]</quote>"
  1330. msgstr ""
  1331. #. Tag: para
  1332. #: how2-basics.docbook:45
  1333. #, no-c-format
  1334. msgid ""
  1335. "1 Tim.4:13 <quote>give attention to the public reading of Scripture [...]</"
  1336. "quote>"
  1337. msgstr ""
  1338. #. Tag: para
  1339. #: how2-basics.docbook:50
  1340. #, no-c-format
  1341. msgid ""
  1342. "Acts 17:11 <quote>Now these were more noble-minded than those in "
  1343. "Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the "
  1344. "Scriptures daily, to see whether these things were so.</quote>"
  1345. msgstr ""
  1346. #. Tag: para
  1347. #: how2-basics.docbook:54
  1348. #, no-c-format
  1349. msgid ""
  1350. "2 Tim.2:15 <quote>Be diligent [KJV `Study'] to present yourself approved to "
  1351. "God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the "
  1352. "word of truth.</quote>"
  1353. msgstr ""
  1354. #. Tag: title
  1355. #: how2-basics.docbook:59
  1356. #, no-c-format
  1357. msgid "Memorize"
  1358. msgstr ""
  1359. #. Tag: para
  1360. #: how2-basics.docbook:60
  1361. #, no-c-format
  1362. msgid ""
  1363. "Ps.119:11 <quote>Thy word I have hid in my heart, that I may not sin against "
  1364. "Thee.</quote>"
  1365. msgstr ""
  1366. #. Tag: title
  1367. #: how2-basics.docbook:64
  1368. #, no-c-format
  1369. msgid "Meditate"
  1370. msgstr ""
  1371. #. Tag: para
  1372. #: how2-basics.docbook:65
  1373. #, no-c-format
  1374. msgid ""
  1375. "Ps.1:2-3 <quote>But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he "
  1376. "meditates day and night. And he will be like a tree firmly planted by "
  1377. "streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season, And its leaf does "
  1378. "not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.</quote>"
  1379. msgstr ""
  1380. #. Tag: para
  1381. #: how2-basics.docbook:71
  1382. #, no-c-format
  1383. msgid ""
  1384. "The Navigators illustrate this by saying that as the thumb can touch all the "
  1385. "fingers, we can meditate on the Word as we do any of the first four. "
  1386. "Meditation is a key to revelation. A new Christian needs to hear and read "
  1387. "the Bible more than they need to study and memorize it. This is so that they "
  1388. "become familiar with the overall message of the Bible."
  1389. msgstr ""
  1390. #. Tag: title
  1391. #: how2-basics.docbook:79
  1392. #, no-c-format
  1393. msgid "Types of Bible Studies"
  1394. msgstr ""
  1395. #. Tag: title
  1396. #: how2-basics.docbook:80
  1397. #, no-c-format
  1398. msgid "Topical Study"
  1399. msgstr ""
  1400. #. Tag: para
  1401. #: how2-basics.docbook:81
  1402. #, no-c-format
  1403. msgid ""
  1404. "Pick out a certain topic and follow it through, using cross-references or a "
  1405. "concordance."
  1406. msgstr ""
  1407. #. Tag: title
  1408. #: how2-basics.docbook:85
  1409. #, no-c-format
  1410. msgid "Character Study"
  1411. msgstr ""
  1412. #. Tag: para
  1413. #: how2-basics.docbook:86
  1414. #, no-c-format
  1415. msgid ""
  1416. "Studying the life of a Bible character, e.g. Joseph's life in Gen.37-50."
  1417. msgstr ""
  1418. #. Tag: title
  1419. #: how2-basics.docbook:90
  1420. #, no-c-format
  1421. msgid "Expository Study"
  1422. msgstr ""
  1423. #. Tag: para
  1424. #: how2-basics.docbook:91
  1425. #, no-c-format
  1426. msgid "Studying a certain passage: paragraph, chapter, or book."
  1427. msgstr ""
  1428. #. Tag: title
  1429. #: how2-basics.docbook:95
  1430. #, no-c-format
  1431. msgid "Basics of Correct Interpretation"
  1432. msgstr ""
  1433. #. Tag: title
  1434. #: how2-basics.docbook:97
  1435. #, no-c-format
  1436. msgid "Content"
  1437. msgstr ""
  1438. #. Tag: para
  1439. #: how2-basics.docbook:98
  1440. #, no-c-format
  1441. msgid ""
  1442. "What does it say? What does it say in the original language? Be careful with "
  1443. "definitions. Don't read into it what it doesn't say."
  1444. msgstr ""
  1445. #. Tag: title
  1446. #: how2-basics.docbook:102
  1447. #, no-c-format
  1448. msgid "Context"
  1449. msgstr ""
  1450. #. Tag: para
  1451. #: how2-basics.docbook:103
  1452. #, no-c-format
  1453. msgid ""
  1454. "What do the verses around it say? &quot;Context is king&quot; is the rule -- "
  1455. "the passage must make sense within the structure of the entire passage and "
  1456. "book."
  1457. msgstr ""
  1458. #. Tag: para
  1459. #: how2-basics.docbook:108
  1460. #, no-c-format
  1461. msgid ""
  1462. "What do other verses about this subject say through the rest of the Bible? "
  1463. "God doesn't contradict Himself, so our interpretation needs to stand the "
  1464. "test of other scriptures."
  1465. msgstr ""
  1466. #. Tag: title
  1467. #: how2-basics.docbook:113
  1468. #, no-c-format
  1469. msgid "An Expository Study of Matthew 6:1-18"
  1470. msgstr ""
  1471. #. Tag: para
  1472. #: how2-basics.docbook:114
  1473. #, no-c-format
  1474. msgid ""
  1475. "Let's study together Mt.6:1-18. Read it to yourself, first looking for the "
  1476. "key verse, the verse that sums up the whole passage. Think you have it? Test "
  1477. "it by picking different places in the passage and asking yourself if they "
  1478. "relate to the thought of the key verse. Once you find it, write it as Roman "
  1479. "numeral One of your outline:"
  1480. msgstr ""
  1481. #. Tag: para
  1482. #: how2-basics.docbook:119
  1483. #, no-c-format
  1484. msgid "Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed"
  1485. msgstr ""
  1486. #. Tag: para
  1487. #: how2-basics.docbook:122
  1488. #, no-c-format
  1489. msgid ""
  1490. "What does <quote>practicing your righteousness</quote> mean? Does the "
  1491. "passage give any examples? What area of our lives is being addressed? "
  1492. "<emphasis>Our motives!</emphasis> What sub-headings develop this thought?"
  1493. msgstr ""
  1494. #. Tag: para
  1495. #: how2-basics.docbook:126 how2-basics.docbook:135
  1496. #, no-c-format
  1497. msgid "When you give"
  1498. msgstr ""
  1499. #. Tag: para
  1500. #: how2-basics.docbook:127
  1501. #, no-c-format
  1502. msgid "When you fast"
  1503. msgstr ""
  1504. #. Tag: para
  1505. #: how2-basics.docbook:128
  1506. #, no-c-format
  1507. msgid "When you pray"
  1508. msgstr ""
  1509. #. Tag: para
  1510. #: how2-basics.docbook:131
  1511. #, no-c-format
  1512. msgid ""
  1513. "Now fill in the outline with specific instructions of how to avoid wrong "
  1514. "ways of practicing our righteousness:"
  1515. msgstr ""
  1516. #. Tag: para
  1517. #: how2-basics.docbook:137
  1518. #, no-c-format
  1519. msgid ""
  1520. "don't sound a trumpet. (how might someone <quote>sound a trumpet</quote> "
  1521. "today?)"
  1522. msgstr ""
  1523. #. Tag: para
  1524. #: how2-basics.docbook:138
  1525. #, no-c-format
  1526. msgid "do it secretly."
  1527. msgstr ""
  1528. #. Tag: para
  1529. #: how2-basics.docbook:139
  1530. #, no-c-format
  1531. msgid "etc."
  1532. msgstr ""
  1533. #. Tag: title
  1534. #: how2-basics.docbook:145
  1535. #, no-c-format
  1536. msgid "Worksheet: How to Use a Concordance"
  1537. msgstr ""
  1538. #. Tag: title
  1539. #: how2-basics.docbook:147
  1540. #, no-c-format
  1541. msgid "To Find a Particular Verse"
  1542. msgstr ""
  1543. #. Tag: para
  1544. #: how2-basics.docbook:149
  1545. #, no-c-format
  1546. msgid "Pick out a key word or most-unusual word of the verse."
  1547. msgstr ""
  1548. #. Tag: para
  1549. #: how2-basics.docbook:150
  1550. #, no-c-format
  1551. msgid "Turn to this word alphabetically."
  1552. msgstr ""
  1553. #. Tag: para
  1554. #: how2-basics.docbook:151
  1555. #, no-c-format
  1556. msgid "Go down the column of listings until you find your verse."
  1557. msgstr ""
  1558. #. Tag: para
  1559. #: how2-basics.docbook:154
  1560. #, no-c-format
  1561. msgid "Find these verses:"
  1562. msgstr ""
  1563. #. Tag: quote
  1564. #: how2-basics.docbook:156
  1565. #, no-c-format
  1566. msgid "Faithful are the wounds of a friend"
  1567. msgstr ""
  1568. #. Tag: quote
  1569. #: how2-basics.docbook:157
  1570. #, no-c-format
  1571. msgid "We are ambassadors of Christ."
  1572. msgstr ""
  1573. #. Tag: para
  1574. #: how2-basics.docbook:158
  1575. #, no-c-format
  1576. msgid "The story of the rich man and Lazarus."
  1577. msgstr ""
  1578. #. Tag: title
  1579. #: how2-basics.docbook:163
  1580. #, no-c-format
  1581. msgid "To Do a Topical Study"
  1582. msgstr ""
  1583. #. Tag: para
  1584. #: how2-basics.docbook:164
  1585. #, no-c-format
  1586. msgid ""
  1587. "Let's say you wanted to do a study of the word &quot;redemption.&quot; First "
  1588. "you would look up that word in the concordance and look up references listed "
  1589. "for it. Then you could look up related words and references listed for them, "
  1590. "e.g. &quot;redeem, redeemed, ransom,&quot; even &quot;buy&quot; or &quot;"
  1591. "bought.&quot;"
  1592. msgstr ""
  1593. #. Tag: title
  1594. #: how2-basics.docbook:170
  1595. #, no-c-format
  1596. msgid "To Clarify Word Meanings in the Greek and Hebrew"
  1597. msgstr ""
  1598. #. Tag: para
  1599. #: how2-basics.docbook:171
  1600. #, no-c-format
  1601. msgid ""
  1602. "What if you noticed a contradiction in the KJV between Mt.7:1 <quote>Judge "
  1603. "not lest you be judged</quote> and 1 Cor.2:15 <quote>He that is spiritual "
  1604. "judgeth all things.</quote> Maybe there are two different Greek words here, "
  1605. "both being translated &quot;judge&quot; in English? (We're using Strong's "
  1606. "from here out.)"
  1607. msgstr ""
  1608. #. Tag: para
  1609. #: how2-basics.docbook:175
  1610. #, no-c-format
  1611. msgid "Look up &quot;judge&quot;."
  1612. msgstr ""
  1613. #. Tag: para
  1614. #: how2-basics.docbook:176
  1615. #, no-c-format
  1616. msgid ""
  1617. "Go down the column of entries to Mt.7:1. To the right is a number, 2919. "
  1618. "This refers to the Greek word used. Write it down."
  1619. msgstr ""
  1620. #. Tag: para
  1621. #: how2-basics.docbook:178
  1622. #, no-c-format
  1623. msgid "Now look up &quot;judgeth&quot;."
  1624. msgstr ""
  1625. #. Tag: para
  1626. #: how2-basics.docbook:179
  1627. #, no-c-format
  1628. msgid "Go down the column to 1 Cor.2:15 . . . . . 350."
  1629. msgstr ""
  1630. #. Tag: para
  1631. #: how2-basics.docbook:180
  1632. #, no-c-format
  1633. msgid ""
  1634. "Turn in the back to the Greek dictionary. (Remember, you're in the NT so the "
  1635. "language is Greek, while the OT is Hebrew.) Compare the meaning of 2919 with "
  1636. "the meaning of 350 and you have your answer!"
  1637. msgstr ""
  1638. #. Tag: title
  1639. #: how2-basics.docbook:185
  1640. #, no-c-format
  1641. msgid "To Find Meanings of Names"
  1642. msgstr ""
  1643. #. Tag: para
  1644. #: how2-basics.docbook:186
  1645. #, no-c-format
  1646. msgid ""
  1647. "By the same process we can find the meaning of a name in the Greek or Hebrew."
  1648. msgstr ""
  1649. #. Tag: para
  1650. #: how2-basics.docbook:187
  1651. #, no-c-format
  1652. msgid "Look up these names and write down their meaning:"
  1653. msgstr ""
  1654. #. Tag: para
  1655. #: how2-basics.docbook:189
  1656. #, no-c-format
  1657. msgid "Nabal"
  1658. msgstr ""
  1659. #. Tag: para
  1660. #: how2-basics.docbook:190
  1661. #, no-c-format
  1662. msgid "Abigail"
  1663. msgstr ""
  1664. #. Tag: para
  1665. #: how2-basics.docbook:191
  1666. #, no-c-format
  1667. msgid "Joshua"
  1668. msgstr ""
  1669. #. Tag: para
  1670. #: how2-basics.docbook:192
  1671. #, no-c-format
  1672. msgid "Barnabus"
  1673. msgstr ""