- We have already learned the literary forms of the Bible – Historical-Instructional-Poetical (Lesson # 1).
- We will study the main features of each form in this lesson
1. BASIC TOOLS FOR OBSERVATION
A. The Main Features of the Story Forms
# People # Places # Events # Emotions
Basic tools for observing Story Forms
- Ask: Who, What, When, Where, How
- Retell the story in your own language
- Find the relationship between the people
- Try to feel the emotions
- Place yourself in the shoes of each person
- Ask yourself what do you….see? Feel? Think?
B. The Main Features of the Instructional Forms
# Ideas # Words # Verbs #Objects
# Arrangements of the passage
Basic tools for observing Instructional Forms
Outline the development of the ideas in the passage
Note things like repeated words
- Transition words such as: therefore, because, for, but, etc.
C. The Main Features of the figurative Forms
Look for # Symbolism #Parallelism #Analogies
Basic tools for observing figurative Forms
- Determine the type of parallelism used by the poet.
- Make a basic outline of the passage
- Look for all the different figurative language
- Note the things that are repetition
2. BASIC TOOLS FOR INTERPRETATION
We must try our best to determine what the passage meant to the people who originally heard it.
- What does the author mean to make him write this way?
- What does he see?
- What does he feel?
- What does he think?
- Why does he write this?
- What would it mean to the people that have heard it in Biblical time and culture?
3. BASIC TOOLS FOR APPLICATION
We must see how a particular truth speaks to us.
- Appeal the Holy Spirit for teaching.
- Apply the main points to your life.
- Is there an example I should follow?
- Is there a sin I should forsake?
- Is there an error I should get rid of?
- Is there a promise I should cling on?
- Is there a command I should obey?
- What do I plan to do about it?
- What difference will this make in my life?
- What plans can I make? – make a plan
- What will I do? – take a decision
- How will I do it? – find out a method
1. Review the lesson.
2. Understand the basic tools for Observation, Interpretation and Application.