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Hermeneutics - Lesson 7

Hermeneutics - The Science of Interpretation

Chapter 7

  1. List and define briefly the five characteristics of biblical poetry as identified by Stein.
  2. How does a page of poetry in your NIV Bible (or other modern version) look different from a page of prose?
  3. Stein describes the way Judges 4 and 5 tell the same story. Chapter 4 tells it in prose and chp. 5 tells it in poetry. Discuss two or three differences in the way the battle is described in prose with the way it is described in poetry. Reconcile the differences.
  4. Stein identifies, defines, and gives examples of four kinds of parallelism. Name the four kinds and define the basic characteristic of each.
  5. Label the following scriptures according to the kind of parallelism each represents.
    1. _________________________ “But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘you fool,’ will be in danger of the fires of hell.”
    2. _________________________ “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.”
    3. _________________________ “Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear?”
    4. _________________________ “A good man is known by his truthfulness; a false man by deceits and lies.”
    5. _________________________ “He who listens to you listens to me; he who rejects you rejects me; but he who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”
    6. _________________________ “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

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