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Hermeneutics - Lesson 12

Hermeneutics - The Science of Interpretation

Chapter 12 & 13

  1. Indicate briefly the difference between a letter and an epistle. Give an example of each from the writings of Paul (according to Stein).
  2. Define “etymology.” Stein says that for the Bible student a study of etymology is “useful in only two instances.” Identify these briefly.
  3. Stein says that “Bible readers often pay insufficient attention to how parts of sentences and clauses relate to one another.” (179) He then names and illustrates seven ways in which parts of sentences can relate to each other. Identify and explain three of these ways.
  4. Define “covenant.” Which Old Testament covenant is the most important?
  5. Which Old Testament prophet refers to a “new covenant”? What new covenant is he referring to?
  6. Stein outlines five O.T. covenants on pp. 190,191. Which two parts of a covenant appear in all five?
  7. What is a “psalm”? (I believe Stein does not give a specific definition.)
  8. What is an “imprecatory psalm”? An example?
  9. Identify the two major types of psalms that Stein identifies and discusses.

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