Out of Context by Richard Schultz

Out of Context: How to Avoid Misinterpreting the BibleOut of Context: How to Avoid Misinterpreting the Bible by Richard Schultz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of those books that I wish every Christian would read! Too often, a verse is quoted and used for a particular situation without it being referenced in the context of the passage it comes from. Not only is the context of the passage important when interpreting a verse, but the historical context, the genre, the original intent that the author had when writing it. A verse can never mean what it never meant. This book addresses the different ways that Scripture is often misinterpreted, and as a result of misinterpretation it then becomes misapplied.
Different contexts that must be considered when interpreting the Bible are the literary context (the surround passage or passages), historical-cultural context (the culture of the time it was written/the audience’s culture), salvation-historical context (in light of the overarching story of the entire Bible) and the theological-thematic context (theme of the book it is part of).
Examples are given of taking verses out of context and common pitfalls are discussed, such as confusing a descriptive passage as being prescriptive, spiritualizing narrative details, and claiming someone else’s promises. The importance of correctly interpreting the Bible is huge! Misinterpretation often leads to misapplication.
This book lists other resources for learning more about Biblical interpretation and deeper Bible study. It is a quick read and one that is very important for a Christian who is serious about learning the Bible.

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