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You Can Understand the Bible - A NYSB Webinar

Biblical interpretation is a rational and spiritual process that attempts to understand an ancient inspired writer in such a way that the message from God may be understood and applied in our day. We must be consistent and fair to the text and not be influenced by our personal or denominational biases. We are all historically conditioned. None of us are objective, neutral interpreters. This seminar offers a careful rational process containing four interpretive principles structured to help us overcome our biases. The first principle is to note the historical setting in which a biblical book was written and the particular historical occasion for its authorship (or when it was edited). The second principle is to identify the literary units. The third principle is to read the Bible in different translations in order to grasp the widest possible range of meaning (semantic field) that biblical words or phrases may have. The fourth principle is to note the literary genre.

Cost $15. Under the leadership of Dr. Bob Utley


Bob Utley is married to the former Peggy Rutta and they have three children and six grandchildren. He has degrees from East Texas Baptist College, Southwest-ern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and has done post-graduate work at Baylor University, Wycliffe Bible Translators’ Summer Institute of Linguistics, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has pastored several churches in Texas. Bob taught for 16 years in the Religion Department at East Texas Baptist University. Currently he conducts Bible Con- ferences and Revivals in the U.S. and abroad.