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Breaking Down The Methods Of Biblical Hermeneutics

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There are many ways to study the bible and biblical hermeneutics is one way but even this gets broken down into different styles of studying. There is the most consistent use of the method of Bible study known as the Historical-Grammatical-Lexical Method, but there are so many more. Some are the Allegorical method, hermeneutics of the reformation era, hermeneutics of the early church fathers, post-reformation protestant hermeneutics and sociological hermeneutics. There are many more but these are the ones that are focused on in this paper.
Biblical hermeneutics is the study of the principles of interpretation concerning the books of the Bible. It is part of the broader field of hermeneutics which involves the study of principles for the text and includes all forms of communication. During class one can realize that hermeneutics can be confusing and difficult at first but when someone actually breaks down each method it is still confusing but can be understood a lot better. One of the problems though is seeing which one is the best or most productive to you and your belief. It is not enough just understanding the method but also knowing how the method and the scripture can coincide together in order to get the outcome and understanding to what one is reading and figuring out in the bible.
Historical-grammatical-lexical is the most consistent method of bible study. It is derived from the allegorical method and is one of the most used methods. First the allegorical method was developed several hundred years earlier in Alexandria, Egypt. The allegorical method was developed more by Jewish scholars further down the road. Allegorical interpretation, sometimes called allegorizing, is the interpretation of texts that treats them as allegorical, whether or not their author intended them to be allegories. Allegorical interpretations even of true allegories can be misleading, either in incorrectly identifying the corresponding elements in the referent or in identifying corresponding elements where no correspondence was...

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