The Hermeneutical Spiral
Our method of interpreting the Bible is defined by Bernard, in Understanding God’s Word: An Apostolic Approach to Interpreting the Bible, and as such, is quoted here: “… to identify and examine their presuppositions and to approach the Bible with an attitude of learning.” This is the way I will be approaching our Bible study. In scholarly circles, this method is known as the hermeneutical spiral. It boils down to this: 1. Start with an assumption. 2. Read the text. 3. Adjust our assumptions. 4. Re-read the text. 5. Adjust our assumptions. We continue like this until it is no longer possible to adjust our assumptions (theology) without going outside of the spiraling inward towards the truth that we’ve already done. In this manner, we zero-in on the true meaning of the Scriptures.
Remember, when you read the Bible, read it slowly, read every word, and read it as if you have never seen it before!