The Bible is so exciting, as is the Torah and the Koran. We should really take some time to study our sacred books, and sit down with other Faith and share the wisdom from each individual Faith, working together to make a better world. The scribs of old wrote down these oral stories in the hope that stories from man’s heart, mind and spirit would make it possible for him to have an understanding of what the one God wants for His people.

Biblical Hermeneutics

People are different when it comes to faith matters, some people take the Bible word for word, and add nothing to the thought or the words. Some people cannot accept the possibility that there may have been some errors made in the different translations. David’s[1] suggests that in order to read and study the Bible effectively that specific tools are necessary. These tools are called Biblical Hermeneutics. He suggests that It is not only important to be able to read the bible, but to interpret what you are reading.

 

  • Ÿ Time
  • Ÿ Place
  • Ÿ Settings
  • Ÿ Characters
  • Ÿ Author
  • Ÿ Word analysis

When Biblical chapters were taken as a written script about a set of events, the reader would normally want to know something about the background in which the story was written. Why was the time frame in which the story takes place. What is the geographical location in which the story takes place, and who are the main characters. It is then necessary to do a character analysis to determine what to expect of each player, and why. Each story has to have a problem, and some one trying to solve the problem. Without a problem, there is no story. The question of who is the author of the script is important. Here we would be interested in any and all motivational factors, which may have influenced the writer. The different characters and events coming in and out of the story makes it one of the story of the Bible is very basic and very simple. If left alone it would be not very interesting. The world’s best sellers.

 

David suggests the following outline for reading the Bible for understanding.

  • Ÿ Understanding Theological Narratives
  • Ÿ Analysis of Narrative Text
  • Ÿ Interpreting Psalms
  • Ÿ Understanding Prophetic Literature
  • Ÿ Elements of the Gospel
  • Ÿ Understanding Epistles
  • Ÿ Unique nature of biblical narratives
  • Ÿ Recognizing “markers” and “links”[2]
  • Ÿ Nature of Hebrew poetry

 

Stories take on different meanings if you have the codes to understand what the different biblical stories are all about. There is only one story told in many ways.

The Bible is such an exciting and confusing book. It contains some of the more interesting stories of humankind in the world. The entire bible centers around God trying to communicate with his/her people/ The problem is God speaks in tongues, and unless you have someone around to translate what the words mean, you could have a confusing mumble of gibberish . The codes for human survival are contained in the coded messages of the Bible.[3]

 

In the first book of the Bible, there are two stories of creation. One story provides a scientific overview of the creation which took billions of years. Those who are interested in the concept of time, spend useless hours trying to get 6 billion years into 6 days. It may make for religious conversation for the masses, but reading the Bible from a literal and time perspective would be an unproductive activity.

 

The question of the location of the Garden of Eden where life gave way to human form is a debate centered around ethnic and racial interest, and not necessarily scientific. From a literal perspective Europeans wanted life to start in the caves of Norway Sweden or Denmark. There are some who make want to take the origins up to the North Pole.

This location would negate the description of two people walking naked around an area covered with ice and snow. Weather report suggests that the temperature could drop to minus 50 degrees. This would require the mythological Adam and Eve to require substantial clothing. Genesis goes on to describe God walking in the “cool of the evening.” this would suggest that the morning and afternoon would have been warm and pleasant. This scenario would suggest that the writers of the Bible were referring to a location with a warm climate.

 

Today science has the technology to determine the origins of the first human inhabitants on the earth. Present day science suggests that all life originated on the continent of Africa.[4] The geographical location of most of the stories in the bible suggests that they lands being describes were located from the continent of Africa to the Middle East.

 

               There is now the question of the intent of God in the making of his/her creations. Did God intend for man to continue living, or was the continuity of life an after thought? Did God intend for man to have sexual relations with his mate, or did the humans discover their anatomy by themselves while playing in the garden? God stated on several occasions that He was sorry that He had created mankind. What were His original plans? Were the other Gods playing with the different forms of life for their own pleasure?

Was the female created for the interest and pleasure of one of the celestial beings? What indeed was the purpose? Surely God must have known that the garden such as it was, would attract the interest and attention of the two humanoids roaming freely around. If they could discover the pleasure of sexual intercourse, then, it was just a matter of time before they discovered the “magic” significance of the tree of life. What were the gods doing that they could not pay attention to Adam and Eve becoming creators of new life forms from sexual pleasure?

Did they decide to make the act of sexual intercourse a ‘sin” just because they were angry at being caught not paying attention. The question of cursing the creation of Adam and Eve, and causing violence in the first family is also very confusing. Were Cain and Abel set up from the beginning? The whole concept of sin entering into the world appears to have little to do with the creations, and more with the creators. There must be a reason for the continual teaching of the concept of original sin, it however does not have a logical reason for its theory, and humankind has not had the privilege of the secret knowledge of the gods.

 

It would appear that the entire meaning of the early part of the Bible is designed to get Jesus into the human family and give Him co responsibility with God the Father. The genealogy carefully laid out in the Old Testament seems to be a long preparation and validation for the coming of Jesus, some refer to as the Messiah.

 

The lives of many of the lead characters in the Bible center on the difficulty human being were having understanding the plan God had for their existence. The focus on family battles and neighbor conflicts, appear to suggest that man cannot find God if he is too busy working out the problems in his own life, story after story centers around God trying to reach man at a spiritual level.

 

Sometimes, God had to symbolically lock man up in the belly of a whale to speak to him. The large surroundings of the whale blocked out the every day confusions of life. Sometimes man has to go though his Jonah experiences in order to hear the word of God. Perhaps when life becomes too stressful and meaningless, the Jonah death wish stage comes on man. God heard him when he said, “ It would be better for me to dies than to live.’ ” Jonah 4:8. Jonah had to live, to give life and meaning to the coming of the Son of God.

Sometimes all possessions considered important in life have to be taken away, as man goes through his Job stage in order that God can really get his attention. Perhaps the Job stage of human existence represent a death wish. Job cursed the day he was born, saying, “ Why did I not perish at birth, and die as I came from the womb?” Job 3:1-2,11.

There is also Elijah, the third of God’s strongest and faithful followers. Elijah was full of fear. He prayed to God to take his life, life was too hard for him. He said, “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors,’ 1 Kings 19: 3-4. Elijah lives through his state of despair and became one of the foundation of Jewish theology. Elijah had to live because Jesus had to come.

The entire Bible is the story on God taking on human form. God taking on human form is the Son Jesus Christ. Therefore the entire Bible is the story of Jesus Christ. It follows from the first chapter in the Bible with the understanding that God mad man a hermaphrodite. Man had both male and female characteristics. The stories of the men and women in the bible all represent the one Jesus Christ. Adam is Jesus and so is Eve. Moses is Jesus and so is Ruth. Daniel is Jesus and so is Jeremiah, Haggai and Malachi are all forms of the Father preparing the way for the Son.

 

[1] Dr. Jacob David, Biblical Hermeneutics, UTS Theology Seminary, New York

[3] Dr. Lonnie McLeod, New Testament, and Several other Courses Taken at U. Theology Seminary,New York, New York

[4] ibid