Sermon Step 2 – Original Language Approximation

OK…

I have looked at your emails regarding step 1 of the exegetical process…

And some of you are off to the races…

But some of you are having difficulty visualizing what I am talking bout…

In the next day or two I will send you an audio to describe exactly what I am talking about because it is so important…

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But…for now, let’s move on to step 2.

Read in the original languages…

OK…go do it…

Lol…

Forgive me, I have a weird sense of humor…

I realize that most of you do not have any original language training…

So what do you do if you can’t read the text in the original languages?

You do a rough approximation of that.

And how do you do that?

You read multiple translations of the Bible.

Read it in the KJV, NIV, NASB, and NRSV and you will have a rough approximation of the nuances of the original.

Now some may say go grab Strongs and look up individual words…

Not at this stage…

We are still trying to get the big picture…So leave Strong’s concordance original language support to the side for the moment…

No read your text or passage in as many translations you can get ahold of. And note the differences and similarities between the texts.

For example why are totally different words used? Why are similar but not exact words used to explain a concept? What is the difference between the translation’s depiction of the text.

Then look and see if some of the questions and thoughts you had in step 1 were answered or illuminated by this step…

WRite it in…

You will no doubt come up with more questions…

Write them down….

In the same notes…

This page you got..will be gold…

OK on to Assignment #2…

1. Pray and ask for illumination.
2. Read your Text in at least 4 translations.
3. Note similarities and differences between the texts. Write them down.
4. On your notes. Review the questions that you have found and see if you can now answer some of them.

That’s all folks…

I will see you in a bit with an audio training…

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Till Next Time,

Brother Sherman…

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Sherman Haywood Cox II is the director of Soul Preaching. He holds the M.Div with an emphasis in Homiletics and a M.S. in Computer Science.

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