The Study of the Biblical Text

Merrill C. Tenney writes in his Introduction to his analytic study of John’s gospel –
The Christian public has come into possession of a vast body of expository literature which has gradually been produced during the last nineteen centuries….. Some of this writing, of course, has been misinterpretation which has ranged from harmless vagaries to pernicious error. Modern Christians are the heirs of all the ages, and have much in the way of aids to study and thinking provided by the scholars and commentators of the past.

However, the possession of this body of literary aids constitutes a real peril. There is a danger of substituting the explanation for the text itself. Men read what Dr. X and Professor Y have to say about the text rather than let the text talk to them.

We are called in Scripture (like Timothy) to “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Let’s give ourselves afresh to the study of God’s word. “The entrance of YOUR word gives light.” Amen!

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