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Pete Enns & The Bible for Normal People

5 Principles for Biblical Interpretation with Jared Byas

In this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, Jared shares some key concepts in biblical interpretation and gives us some tools on how we can derive meaning from biblical passages as he explores the following questions:

  • What are some key concepts in interpretation of the Bible?
  • What are hermeneutics?
  • What are some hinderances in understanding what the biblical authors were trying to communicate?
  • How can the Bible help interpret itself?
  • Why is it important to understand what the biblical authors were trying to communicate?
  • How can we know what the biblical authors’ intentions were without tasking them?
  • How has archeology helped us interpret the Bible?
  • How can the way we interpret art teach us about interpreting the Bible?
  • Why does the reader’s context matter when interpreting the Bible?
  • How is language its own context?
  • What is the danger of being objective when doing biblical interpretation?
  • Why does Jared Byas think hearing diverse interpretations of the Bible is important?

Tweetables

Pithy, shareable, less-than-280-character statements from Jared Byas you can share. 

  • “The root of biblical interpretation is author intention.” @jbyas
  • “The fruit of biblical interpretation is reader reception.” @jbyas
  • “Meaning is in the relationship between the person who’s communicating to someone, and the person who’s receiving that communication.”@jbyas
  • “Meaning is found between intent and impact: the intention of the author and the significance it has for the reader.” @jbyas
  • “We should be humble about what we think we know… we all might experience the same thing but from a different angle with a different perspective.” @jbyas
  • “As one human being in a particular place and time it’s hard to know the whole story.” @jbyas
  • “The best way to get the God’s eye view is to accept and honor the diversity of all the readings that we find in our world.” @jbyas
  • “Don’t discount your own reading and your own example and your own life and own context.” @jbyas

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In this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, Pete and Jared talk with Jen Hatmaker about what can happen, emotionally and relationally, when you change your mind about the Bible, and they explore the following questions:

  • How do we survive changing our minds about the bible and still keep our faith intact?
  • What did Jen Hatmaker’s upbringing teach her about questions and pushing back on her faith?
  • How did changing her mind about human sexuality in the church put Jen in a position of public scrutiny?
  • Did the backlash against her theology shift come from personal realtionships or industry?
  • Were there any surprises about the reaction to Jen’s change in position?
  • Does Jen feel like she was treated any differently as a female Christian leader, as opposed to a man?
  • What was it like to walk her church through becoming an affirming church?
  • As she has gone through this process of healing, what insights has she learned about the people that lashed out at leaders who begin to ask hard questions?
  • What does changing your mind do for your sense of safe certainty?
  • What was the key exposure that God wrote into her story that started breaking down Jen’s certainties?
  • What passages in the Bible caused theological shifts for Jen Hatmaker?
  • What does Jesus’ teaching about “fruit of the spirit” mean to Jen?
  • What did Jen see when she looked at the fruit of the non-affirming Christian tree?
  • What role did biblical interpretation play in Jen Hatmaker’s theological shift?
  • How does it feel to be on this journey, in partnership with the Holy Spirit?
  • How has Jen found nourishment through this experience?
  • What words of encouragement does Jen have for others who are going through this experience?

Tweetables

Pithy, shareable, less-than-280-character statements you can share.

  • “I didn’t grow up in an environment where questions were asked, much less welcomed. I didn’t even know we could do that. I had no idea that we had permission to press hard on our faith.” @JenHatmaker
  • “I have myself permission to become a critical thinker about faith, about the Bible, about cultural understandings of all of those things.” @JenHatmaker
  • “The misfits find their way to one another.” @JenHatmaker
  • “Just when I thought I was leaving a structure where I was banished and doomed to wonder the wilderness by myself the rest of my life, I get out to the wilderness and find it fairly populated and it’s kind of wild out here…There’s great joy out here.” – @JenHatmaker
  • “If it feels like it’s the end of the world, it’s only the end of one world. If you’re in the season of lonely, just stay the course.” @JenHatmaker

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