First speaker in afternoon: Dr. Michael Heiser, “How to Interpret the Bible Out of Context.”
He blogs at Paleobabble.
Michael Heiser suggests Paul saw his mission in terms of Gen. 11, Deut. 4, Deut. 32, Isa 66, Acts 2. Reclaiming the nations scattered at Babel. That’s why he wanted to go to Spain (Tarshish) — the westernmost of nations acc. to their worldview.
Followed by Mark Futato from Reformed Seminary, Orlando on structure and meaning in the text. This is something I have always been interested in, and something I think many Bible readers miss. It’s very often true that the Bible says as much by HOW it is written as by WHAT it says.
Psalm 8 as an example:
- Beginning: O Lord, how majestic!
- Middle: What is man, that you are mindful of him?
- End: O Lord, how majestic!
Humans in the middle, surrounded by the majesty of God.
John Walton now speaking about the ways we muck it up when we preach Bible narratives.
Final speaker for the day = Richard Briggs, lecturer in Old Testament and director of Biblical Studies at Cranmer Hall, St John’s College, Durham University in England. It’s about time we had a British accent!
Who we are has a great deal to do with how we read the Bible.
If you are kind and generous, it is likely you will read Scripture in a kind and generous manner.
If you are an angry person, you will likely bring that to your reading.
There is such a thing as “interpretive virtue.”