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Please respond with relatively short answers.

1.) In regards to Bible interpretation or hermeneutics what's the difference between "meaning" and "application?"

2.) What are some basic steps to apply the meaning or principle of a text.

3.) What are some mistakes to avoid?

3.) If we look at 1 Timothy 6:10a, what would the basic steps look like to find the principle and to apply the meaning?

4.) What will the application look like for Christians today?

5.) What specific steps can I take as a Christian take to show that I understand the truth of this verse?

What are some sources that I can use to better help me accomplish these task above?

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Notes about the differences between interpretation the meaning of a Biblical text and its application are provided. Example of 6:10a is given.

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You have a series of short questions, so the simplest way for me to approaching this is just go item by item, providing you with some short notes to each.

In regards to Bible interpretation or hermeneutics, what's the difference between 'meaning' and 'application'?

The basic meaning of hermeneutics is interpretation. As the Bible was written in a different cultural context, and in languages that the average person today does not readily understand, hermeneutics has arisen as a branch of theology that deals specifically with looking at the meaning of any given passage, and then helping modern day society apply it to their life in a productive way. As such, 'meaning' is taken to mean to actual context of the passage. What does it say? What is the cultural context, if any, and how does that help us better understand the reason the words were written? These are just a few of the questions that are asked when examining meaning. Remember, some passages are historical, which is to say that there is little doubt as to the meaning of the passage. Other passages, however, deal with prophecies, teachings, and metaphorical alliterations (just to name a few), so the meaning is a bit more complex, and must be considered in the context of the day. The 'application' phase of hermeneutics actually deals with the reason why a ...

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