Monday, July 27, 2015

Rolling Discussion: What Do You Think Are The Most Difficult Things To Interpret In The New Testament?

When it comes to studying the New Testament, we get to a point when we have to land our planes. I was watching this video over at The Blaze, and I thought to myself: Sometimes landing your plane can be tricky. I don't think landing our planes in exegesis is always tricky. The study of the New Testament is not a whimsical endeavor, but it is certainly not mysterious or difficult for those that put forth effort and approach it with the right hermeneutical principles. What do you think are the most difficult things to interpret in the New Testament? What makes landing your interpretation look like that plane in that video?


  1. Right now I'm working through the Gospel of Mark. One of the difficult things to understand and explain has been what Jesus meant by "the Kingdom of God" in Mark 1:15.

    1. The Kingdom of God! Such an important study too. It gets a little tricky when you get to 1 Corinthians 15, if you ask me. The Son is the heir to the Davidic throne, and it is his kindgom that will be everlasting. Then we see the Son giving the kingdom to the Father. One thing is for sure: When we come to the biblical covenants, in this case the Davidic (e.g., 2 Samuel 7), we have to really spend some time. This is one of the most hermeneutical issues out there. What we do with the biblical covenants matters with how we interpret every single book of the Bible.

  2. We recently studied the book of 1 John, and I know I was sweating bullets over 5:16-17. There were questions about whether or not "brother" should be considered a regenerate believer, or a false convert a la 2:19. Is the "death" being described physical or spiritual? What would be a request we would make of God regarding the sin of a brother that would both be inappropriate and receive no audience from God? Those questions certainly caused multiple approaches before the landing gear finally touched tarmac!