1.Learn how to hear God's Word
to the original recipients
of this epistle.2.Then hear, understand, and apply God's Word
through God's Word to them.3.Discover and explore key underlying background issues that will help us better understand Galatians and the rest of the New Testament.4.Therefore becoming better “self-feeders” as Christ-followers.
How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth
, Gordon D. Fee & Douglas Stuart (especially chp 3)
Genius of Genres—An Overview
(Dave's hand-out/study companion to Fee & Stuart, above)
How to Read the Bible Book By Book
, Gordon D. Fee & Douglas Stuart (pp. 340-346)
Jewish Backgrounds of the New Testament
, J. Julius Scott
The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible
, Scot McKnight
The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited
, Scot McKnight
Read the epistle through in three different translations (one sitting each).If you don't own three translations, you can read many online atwww.BibleGateway.com.Ideally you should choose one from each of the following categories:
a dynamic equivalent translation (e.g. TNIV, NIV, NLT)
a formal/literal translation (e.g., NASB, NKJV, NRSV)
a paraphrase (e.g. The Message, The Living Bible, J.B. Phillips' NT in Modern English).
The proper stance toward the Bible as the Word of God is always one of prayerful humility and expectation. As the Holy Spirit must be our Teacher, remember to pray beforereading, while reading, and after reading!
© Copyright 2008 David R. Leigh. Revised 2012. All rights reserved. Permission granted to reproduce for class purposes.