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Reading the Bible as Literature

GENERAL DIRECTIONS: Use the three principles of literary interpretation to come up with a “full” reading of a Biblical passage.

SPECIFIC DIRECTIONS: 1. As a group, agree on which text i.e. passage each of the members is going to read. 2. Individually, research about your passage. Make sure that your sources are valid and legitimate. 3. After gathering enough data, discuss among yourselves the passage you have chosen. Agree on the genre of the text. Cite evidences to support your claim (genre). Then articulate the Author Meaning and Text Meaning of the passage. When you do these, make sure that you employ the big ideas of the three principles on literary interpretation. 4. When your group is done, work individually for the Personal Meaning of the text. Elaborate on it i.e. articulate your context so that any reader would clearly understand your “reading.” 5. Complete the table on the next page. 6. When you are done, upload your worksheet to Scribd, and embed it to your PLW.


The Potter’s Vessel
JEREMIAH 18, 1-12

Promises of Redemption & Restoration
ISAIAH 43, 1-11

The Visit of the Magi
MATTHEW 2, 1-12

The Healing of a Deaf Man
MARK 7, 31-37

The Parable of the Lost Son
LUKE 15, 11-32

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Kashmir Roger Yap


August 5,2013

Parable of the Lost Son

The passage is clearly a parable as it teaches a moral or life lesson using storytelling and people. The basic mechanics of this kind of genre is very similar to that of a fable, but the difference is that fables use animals, and parables use people.
AUTHOR MEANING The author is saying that God will welcome even those who are lost. If a man who lost his faith,but regains it along the way will still be welcomed by God. The parable uses symbolism to accomplish his meaning such as: The father representing God, and the entitled son representing sinners and repenters. In this period, sons who disobey and abuse their father’s instructions are usually not welcomed anymore. They are cast out for them being a disobedient and entitled son. In another context, people believed that God is an angry God. If he is crossed, people will endure his wrath. Jesus, the one who told the parable, says otherwise: that God is a forgiving God, and that people who are sorry for their sins are still welcome in his house.

TEXT MEANING The text meaning is self-contained. This means that the story itself is about a father still loving his son no matter what. No matter what the son did, he is still welcomed in his father’s house. One thing to note here is that the older brother, who was obedient to his father’s wishes, was angry that the father still welcomed the lost son. It means that people are confused as to why someone will still accept a person who sinned his entire life.

PERSONAL MEANING For me, it means that we should never give up. Our faith in God should never falter, as God will forgive us, but only if we are sincere enough to repent our sins. God loves us so much that He sacrificed His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins. Just like the love that He has continually shown on us, we should also love him with as much vigor as He does for us.

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