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By W. Randolph Tate

Targeting the 3 'worlds' of biblical interpretation, the realm at the back of the textual content, the realm of the textual content and the realm in entrance of the textual content, this e-book comprises transparent causes of a number of the interpretive ways, supported via biblical examples.

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Historical knowledge of authors and their age enables readers to engage texts and to organize more plausibly the resulting experiences. ) should be valued since it enhances the engagement experience. These areas of information about the originating world behind the text are heuristic adjuncts to the literary experience. In other words, understanding ancient texts requires a certain amount of historical spadework. ; ed. : Mayfield, 1987), 144. Why Study Backgrounds? An Apology for Historical Research 17 There is no need for denial of the fact that certain states of affairs or developments operated in some sense as sources for biblical writings and that biblical writings now reflect those enabling conditions.

We Why Study Backgrounds? An Apology for Historical Research 15 define the world within the text exclusively in terms of the real world. Political satire, for instance, has no meaning apart from its contemporary political origin. Literature which makes a social statement loses its point if it is not interpreted within the light of those social issues being addressed. Therefore, we must approach the textual world in light of the real world in which it has its grounding. Without a sense of what the real world is like, it is impossible to imagine new ones.

An Apology for Historical Research 19 Background studies may be divided into two areas—semantics and pragmatics. Semantics is the study of the language of a text, while pragmatics is the study of the circumstances surrounding the individual linguistic expressions. Exegesis must give equal weight to both areas. 10 Text refers to the study of the actual words of the text; cotext is concerned with the relationships between words in sentences, paragraphs, and chapters; and context focuses on the historical and sociological setting of the text.

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