Grasping God’s Word: A Hands-on Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible

BOOK: Grasping God’s Word: A Hands-on Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible

After reading chapter 1 carefully, complete the following assignment:
Select 5 translations that we talked about in this chapter (a variety of translation types, along the spectrum between formal and functional) and look up Philippians 4:5-6 in each of the translations (you could use the Comparison feature on and write out how these translations render the passage. Next, mark or highlight (include notation about what and why you are marking) and/or describe the differences among the five translations. Write a substantive paragraph summarizing what you have observed by comparing these translations.[NOTE: “Substantive” means you need to actually say something that shows that you have read and understood and know how to apply what is in this chapter.]
After reading carefully GGW chapter 1 and completing assignment 1-1, select 5 translations (not necessarily the same as for 1-1), but again with a variety of translations along the specturm between formal and functional translations. Select a verse or two from your assigned text (verses that reflect some difference in translation) and write out the verses with the 5 translations in parallel columns. Mark or highlight (with notation of what and why they are marked) and/or describe the differences between the translations and then write a substantive paragraph summary of what you observe by comparing and contrasting these translations.

After reading chapter 2 carefully, draw and label your own version of the map (steps) of the interpretive journey (page 46). What are your initial thoughts and/or questions about how to take each step of the interpretive journey? At this point, your thoughts do not need to be fully developed nor do you need to have answers to all of your questions, but you need to show that you have begun to think through the process. For example, what their-town issues and/or themes do you see that will need to be explored? Write a substantive paragraph summarizing these observations and questions.


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