A New Testament Interpretation Course
  2010-07-19

We all know that the New Testament consists of 24 books, written by 9 authors. These books have been written during a period of 50 years (between 45-100 A.C.) They unveil to the reader the cultural and historical background of the first century of the Christian church. The first 5 books are the Gospels and Acts of the Apostles, while the rest are called Epistles and have a more dogmatic emphasis.

The subject of our course was – the Epistles. The guest teacher was Pavel Valkov. The first part of the lectures was purely theoretical, while the rest of the classes had a practical nature. We examined closely one passage from the Epistles – Thessalonians 4:13-18. This is a text which explains about the resurrection of the dead and the Second Coming of Jesus. We were taught to interpret correctly and to go through 9 steps in the process so that the interpretation would be right and would show us the meaning of what we have read, to recreate the situation then and to apply it to our lives in the present.

The paper that we have to write will have to show what we have learned. Each student has to choose a passage from the Epistles and to interpret it. This is great because we need to have the skills to read God's Word, to keep it in our minds and hearts and to follow God's directions for our lives.



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