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Hermeneutics: Step 2: Measure the Width of the River

Resources for hermeneutics to help read, interpret, and apply the Bible.

Step 2: Measuring the Width of the River to Cross

Measuring the Width of the River

Ask: What are the differences between the biblical audience and us?

Items to consider include:

  • Culture
  • Language
  • Situation
  • Time
  • Covenant

​Remember, the width of the river varies. Sometimes it is extremely wide (such as during the days of the tabernacle, sacrificial system, etc.). Other times, the width is more narrow (such as during the days of the NT church era). 


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