Episode 148 – Lenses of Context Pt 5: Linguistic

Languages often reveal the values of a culture, which is one of the reasons why understanding the original languages of the Bible offers important context. Hebrew and Greek can be intimidating, but here’s the good news: you don’t need formal training in these ancient languages to read and understand the Bible. There are multiple tools and techniques to help you get the most out of the languages of the Bible. By the end of this episode, you’ll know where to search and what to look for to unlock the language of the Bible!

Discussion Questions

  • What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching? 
  • Of the various kinds of Bible translations (word for word, thought for thought, or idea for idea), which are you most drawn to and why? 
  • What’s a word or phrase from the Bible that has special meaning to you? Why?
  • Read Lamentations 1 and try to identify a word that gets repeated multiple times. Then read it again and identify a phrase that is repeated multiple times. Finally, ask what the context of Lamentations is and how this word and phrase is significant. 
  • How will you begin living out the truths or strategies from this teaching this week?  

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