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Hermeneutics - Lesson 4

Hermeneutics - The Science of Interpretation

Chapter 4

  1. Read the chapter carefully and then show your grasp of “referential” and “commissive” language. Work through the test items on your own; then check your results. In the following examples mark whether the language is a. referential or b. commissive
    1. ____ the kind of language often used by football coaches
    2. ____ the language of Paul’s letters (according to the text)
    3. ____ conveys emotion
    4. ____ used to pass on information
    5. ____ cognitive
    6. ____ figurative, metaphorical language
    7. ____ used by engineers
    8. ____ appeals to the mind
    9. ____ used by poets
    10. ____ the language of Psalms
  2. Identify the following verses of scripture as primarily: a. commissive or b. referential.
    1. ____ And on that day a great persecution arose against the church in Jerusalem
    2. ____ “On the Sabbath, while he was going through the grain fields, his disciples plucked and ate some ears of grain...”
    3. ____ Like a gold ring in a swine’s snout is a beautiful woman without discretion
    4. ____ The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want; he makes me lie down in green pastures.
    5. ____ Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters came upon the earth.
    6. ____ Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth
    7. ____ And in that day the mountains shall drip sweet wine
    8. ____ Jesus therefore no longer went about openly among the Jews...
    9. ____ And they said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots, that we may know on whose account this evil has come upon us.”

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