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What are six practical rules that help to interpret Holy Scripture? Validate through Scriptures.

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This solution discusses the six practical rules that help to interpret Holy Scripture. Validated with Scriptural evidence.

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These rules will enable you to arrive at a critically sound interpretation of Scripture. Some of these rules are the outgrowth of a high view of scripture. In other words, the entire Bible is the product of one author (God) at the same time that it is product of many authors. Therefore, it is not unreasonable to seek to find a consistent message throughout the Bible. Not everyone agrees with this however; as the Bible is considered authoritative, meaning the God was the writer using the vessels of different authors, but the message is God's message and consistent. Either waym however, the following rules are helpful when reading Scripture.

1. Interpret in light of the context of the passage. Follow the thought development in the book you are reading, and make sure your interpretation flows along with the general direction of argument. Sudden changes in subject are unusual. If you have the thought development of a book centering on one subject, suddenly switching to another, and then back to the first, your interpretation is almost certainly wrong.

Consider the larger context as well: which Testament? which author? what time period? Never view a passage in isolation from its surroundings. The context should be considered the most important kind of evidence in the interpretation of a passage. Usually context ...

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