Issues in the Churches

Steven L. McKenzie

in How to Read the Bible

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780195161496
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850419 | DOI:
Issues in the Churches

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Modern readers have a tendency to take biblical passages out of context in order to support preconceived ideas, that is, views that they have already formed for other reasons. Christians also have a tendency to read the letters in the New Testament, especially those of Paul, as a collection of rules for Christian living and definitions of Christian beliefs. This chapter demonstrates the situational nature of the letters in the New Testament and their intended function of addressing specific issues and problems in the early church. Once their true nature as dealing with specific situations is perceived, the importance of understanding their historical and social context becomes clear. Armed with that understanding, one may properly approach the matter of appropriating their message for a modern setting.

Keywords: New Testament; Bible; Christian letters; Paul; Christianity

Chapter.  12775 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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