Dagood raised a good question to me – concerning my biblical interpretation method. To be honest, I have been working on this for some time – a year maybe 2. I never answered his question before – and he has asked me a few times during the years – I just had nothing to go forward with (nothing set in stone more or less). I am officially going forward with this methodology (which I have been using the whole time – just haven’t pieced it together until now).
I will explain my biblical model for interpretation in a nutshell.
(a) I use one book/writing as the core standard – then move forward from that standard –comparing back to the original in interpretation.
(b) That book is Matthew – and the moral pattern is laid out very early on and easy to follow
a. “Follow Me’ – is the core theme – mentorship ideal – student to teacher (starts in Mat 4:19)
b. ‘Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand ‘ (Matt 4:17) – is the gospel – we need to take responsibility and enact ideals in the ‘here and now’ keeping with this allegiance to said ‘kingdom/rulership’
c. Those ideals pop up in Matthew 5:2-11 – the beatitudes serve as an index to the core teachings that will be broken down in the following chapters – they serve as an outline
d. Matt 7:24-29 is the pattern explained quite well – we are building a house on a sure foundation – that foundation can be found at your fingertips (the teachings)
e. The most important teachings of that foundation are made clear by Jesus himself:
i. Matt 7:12 – “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”
ii. Matt 22:37-40 – “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ “This is the great and foremost commandment.”The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF. ‘On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
What model do you use or what problems do you have with this model?