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by sandihester

Whhhhooooos signed up for the summer painting classes?

Well, I only left the house a couple times this week because I’ve been working non-stop on a project/paper for my hermeneutics class in seminary.  Man alive I will be really glad when I have it completed – writing papers is NOT my thing.  BOTH sides of my brain got a work out this week – one side more than the other – the side that doesn’t get used much :).  I would crank away at my paper for 2-3 hours and then go take a break and work on one of these cute little owls (and another project that I’ll tell you about in another post).  It was a nice balance all week because painting really gave the other side of my brain a refreshing break.

So, you may be wondering what a class on hermeneutics is – I was wondering the same thing before I took the class.  It’s a big word, but a simple concept.  Hermeneutics is simply the practice or discipline of interpreting the bible.  It’s basically studying the bible with the bible.  One of the best books you could ever read to understand how to read the bible is “A Basic Guide to Interpreting the Bible” by Robert Stein.  It’s a book on hermeneutics and it’s on “pea brain” (that just means even if you have a brain the size of a pea like I do you can understand it) level – seriously – trust me on this one and it will transform the way you read and understand the bible.

You can read about the best hermeneutics that has ever been done right here (you can read the whole story in Mark 24:13-27)… “Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus…they were talking with each other about everything that had happened.  As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus Himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing Him.  And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures conserning Himself.”  How amazing would that have been???  Jesus started at the beginning of the Bible and went through the whole thing explaining how it ALL was telling about Him!  It’s the best example of hermeneutics that’s ever been done! 

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