Friday, February 23, 2024

Word Study Principles

Here are 5 ways to improve your word studies when you read the Bible. Remember that:

1. A word often doesn't mean what its component parts would otherwise indicate. A "butterfly" is not butter that flies!

2. The meaning of English words shouldn't be read back into the biblical meanings. 

3. The same word may have different meanings in its various contexts in the Bible.

4. Normally, each word has only one meaning in the passage where it's found. This meaning is determined by context and usage.

5. A word shouldn't be given all of its shades of meaning in any one passage. If you do this, you will be guilty of "illegitimate totality transfer," which is punishable by a lengthy jail sentence!

Just things you might want to consider as you live your regular life.

Have a wonderful day!