- What does the passage say?
- Why does the author say in this way?
- Why does the author say it here?
- Why does this passage belong at this point in the Bible story?
- What response did the author want from his readers?
- What response should we make today?
Basic Principles for Understanding Scripture by By Tremper Longman III
- Look for the author's intended meaning.
- Read a passage in context.
- Identify the genre of the passage you are reading.
- Consider the historical and cultural background of the Bible.
- Consider the grammar and structure within the passage.
- Interpret experience in the light of Scripture, not Scripture in the light of experience.
- Always seek the full counsel of Scripture.
· What does it say? This is the face value of the words.
· What does it mean? This is the meaning within/behind/inside the words, like reading between the lines.
· What do I learn about God?
· What do I learn about my relationship with God?
· What do I do with it?
· How does God want me to live?
· What steps of obedience do I need to take?