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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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A Contemplative Look at The Bible with Richard Rohr

Interview with Richard Rohr: A Contemplative Look at The Bible

March 12, 2018

In this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, Pete and Jared talk with Fr. Richard Rohr about a contemplative approach to the Bible, and they explore the following questions:

  • How would Richard Rohr answer the question: “What is the Bible?”
  • How can the Bible be normative and set trajectories?
  • What does inspiration mean when we’re talking about the Bible?
  • How does Richard Rohr filter and read the Bible?
  • Why and how did Protestant and Catholic traditions take different approaches to scripture and external authority?
  • What’s the path Richard Rohr found to being able to hold the three elements of his triangle that are all in some sense an authority but maybe not the authority?
  • What does Fr. Rohr say about René Gerard and the Bible as a text in travail?
  • Does Richard rohr see in the New Testament a need for an evolution of religious consciousness or is all of the New Testament simply the last word?
  • How can we see the prophets non-dualistically?
  • How can we understand biblical stories like Ananias and Sapphira or the book of Revelation, which looks pretty retributive?
  • How can we still read the Bible and look for meaning?
  • Which comes first: reading the Bible or experience?
  • How does the Bible fit into Christian reconstruction of faith?
  • Why and how does the Bible teach great truths through story?
  • How do we let God out of the box?

There are a few episodes that we think just deserve to be republished and reissued from previous seasons. And today is our first go at that. This is the second episode we ever aired on the Bible for Normal People podcast.

This is a re-broadcast from March 26, 2017 (Episode 2).

Tweetables

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

  • “In our understanding of who God is, God becomes less violent, less punitive, more inclusive, less tribal–that to me is pretty obvious. And I think it’s what we meant when we said that we read the scriptures in the light of Jesus.” – RichardRohrOFM
  • “God’s invasion into human consciousness, albeit a positive invasion, was always filtered through our capacity to hear it and in our capacity to receive it.” RichardRohrOFM
  • “Jesus himself, Paul himself…this is undeniable…they trust their own experience of God against their own scriptures.” RichardRohrOFM
  • “This is obvious to me that we all lead with our own experience. And let’s start being honest about that instead of pretending that we started with some magical scripture quote that fell from the heavens.” RichardRohrOFM

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