Bible--Old Testament--Criticism, interpretation

LET THE ANCIENT STORIES LIVE: USING NARRATIVE ANALYSIS AND A CHRIST-CENTERED HERMENEUTIC FOR PREACHING OLD TESTAMENT NARRATIVES

Author
Mark Pluimer D.Min.
Abstract
This project sought to increase the competence of preachers and Bible teachers to preach or teach from Old Testament narratives in a way that is both Christ-centered and faithful to the original intent of the narrative. To achieve this goal, the project explored mainly two key topics: narrative analysis and a Christ-centered hermeneutic. Guided by the principles and tools of narrative analysis, preachers and Bible teachers are able to discern the main message of narratives as originally intended by the biblical author. Guided by the principles and tools of a Christ-centered hermeneutic, preachers and Bible teachers are able to connect the message of narratives to Christ authentically, without distorting or violating the original intent of the narrative. These considerations of narrative analysis and a Christ-centered hermeneutic culminated in a working three-step method for handling Old Testament narratives faithfully in preaching or teaching.

The project implemented the proposed principles by developing a manual, the content of which was taught in a twelve-hour course to a group of preachers and Bible teachers. Pre-course competence was assessed and compared to post-course competence by means of a focus group, surveys, a course evaluation, and written work on assigned Old Testament narrative texts.

The results showed a demonstrable increase in competence among participants. The principles and tools presented in the manual/course were shown to be valuable for helping preachers and Bible teachers to preach or teach from Old Testament narratives in a way that is both Christ-centered and faithful to the original intent of the narrative.

Developing an Understanding of the Way People in my Ministry Context Read and Interpret the Bible

Author
Dieuner Joseph Rev D.Min.
Abstract
Developing an Understanding of the Way People in my Ministry Context Read and Interpret the Bible provides an in-depth assessment of biblical interpretation at an African American church through an ethnographic analysis. The research not only offers a systematic approach for examining the relationship between biblical interpretation and spiritual growth in that congregation, it also explores how the African American cultural context of the members of the congregation guides the way they read the Bible and what role prejudice and discrimination against African Americans play in shaping the members’ interpretation of the Bible. Moreover, it examines their understanding of biblical authority and how that understanding impacts the way they apply scripture in their daily lives to enhance their spirituality.

Enhancing preaching skills necessary to address congregational awareness of biblical redemptive history at First Baptist Church, Edmond, Oklahoma

Author
William B Gideon
Abstract
The purpose of the project is to enhance the project director's narrative preaching skills in order to address the awareness of the congregation of First Baptist Chruch, Edmond, Oklahoma (FBCE) of biblical redemptive history in the Old Testament. The first step involves researching and addressing the awareness of the congregations understanding of biblical redemptive history. The second step involves enhancing the project director's skills in preaching Old Testament narratives. The research will include gleaning insight based in preaching Old Testament narratives. The project director will develop a sermon series from selected Old Testament narratives incorporating the common components necessary to address congregational awareness of biblical redemptive history. The procedure will involve setting goals to ensure proper measure of study and enhance the project director's preaching skills.

Developing sermon application from Old Testament narratives

Author
Cyrus Y Ng
Abstract
Developing sermon applications is challenging, because it demands that preachers bridge the immense gap between the ancient text and the modern audience. The task appears even more challenging when preaching Old Testament narratives, because this genre usually does not offer obvious statements from which preachers can formulate applications. What kind of lessons should be drawn from biblical narratives? How does the preacher develop hermeneutically sound and contemporarily relevant applications from this genre? The project centered around two goals: to enhance the congregants' competence in applying OT narratives to their lives; and to improve the quality of sermon applications in the project writer's preaching. The project implemented proposed theories by developing and delivering a sermon series on Genesis 37-50 in the project writer's congregation. A focus group, and evaluative questionnaires were implemented, and revealed a progressive improvement of applications over the course of the preaching series.

Toward a method of biblical interpretation: Old Testament hermeneutics in the local church

Author
Richard L Hollingsworth
Abstract
In most churches the Old Testament is a neglected, forgotten, irrelevant book. Its authority has been lost because modern Christians have not been taught "what" the Old Testament is. It is not a book of science, history, or anthropology. Because some think that it is this type of book, modern readers consider the Old Testament to be in conflict with their culture, experience and science. The project introduces the cultural milieu of Israel, the mythological backgrounds of the Old Testament, the literary genre, the history of interpretation, and Protestant authority bases. It develops a hermeneutic, that can be used in the local church, which says, "The WORD is not the words, the WORD is in the words".

The value of the historical-critical method for preaching the Old Testament

Author
Donald H Scroggs
Abstract
This project dealt with the problem concerning how the Old Testament is interpreted and exposited. The practicum I devised was to take six texts, which represent each genre of the narrative literature of the Old Testament, and to show how the historical-critical method is a valuable tool towards the task of preaching. The six genres I considered were: saga, law, history, wisdom, prophets, and short-story. The two basic considerations of the historical-critical method which I focused upon were the original context and the literary form.
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