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Biblical Interpretation Of The Six Gaps



What does the passage say? 

  1. A Time Gap (Chronological): Because of the extensive time gap between ourselves and the writers and initial readers of the Bible, a huge chasm exists. Since we were not there, we cannot talk with the authors and with the initial hearers and readers to discover firsthand the meaning of what they wrote.
  2. A Space Gap (Geographical): Most readers of the Bible today live thousands of miles from the countries where Bible events took place. The Middle East, Egypt, and the southern Mediterranean nations of present-day Europe were the places where Bible  people lived and traveled. These extend from Babylon in present-day Iraq to Rome (and possibly Spain, if Paul traveled there). This geographical distance puts us at a disadvantage.
  3. The Customs Gap (Cultural): Great differences exist between the way people in the Western world do things and think and the way people in Bible lands lived and thought. Therefore, it is important to know the cultures and customs of people in Bible times. Often faulty interpretations stem from an ignorance of those customs.
  4. A Language Gap (Linguistic): Besides gaps in time, space and customs, there is also a chasm between our way of speaking and writing and the way people in Bible times spoke and wrote. The languages in which the Bible is written—Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek— have peculiarities unknown in the English language. For example, the Hebrew and Aramaic of the original Old Testament manuscripts included only consonants. Vowels were understood and therefore not written (though they were filled in hundreds of years later around A.D. 900 by the Masoretes). Also, Hebrew and Aramaic are read from right to left rather than from left to right. In addition, no spaces were inserted between words. The words in all three biblical languages ran together. Be sure to identify any terms, concepts or ideas in the passage that you are not familiar with.
  5. A Writing Gap (Literary): Differences exist between the styles and forms of writing in Bible times and the styles and forms of writing in the Western world today. We seldom speak in proverbs or parables, and yet a good portion of the Bible is proverbial or parabolic. Understanding the genre of literature you are working with is fundamental to Bible interpretation.
  6. A Spiritual Gap (Supernatural): It is also important to note that a gap exists between God’s way of doing things and our way. The fact that the Bible was written about God puts the Bible in a unique category. God, being infinite, is not fully comprehensible by the finite. The Bible speaks of God’s performing miracles and making predictions about the future. The Bible also speaks of difficult-to-comprehend truths such as the Trinity, the two natures of Christ, God’s sovereignty and man’s will. All these and others contribute to our difficulty in understanding fully all that is in the Bible. The spiritual gap can be summed up with this verse from Isaiah 55:8, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.”

Title: Biblical Interpretation Of The Six Gaps
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Biblical interpretation

From Mark 9:2-12, the aspects of the six gaps are vividly displayed. When Jesus took the three disciples to the mountain where he was transfigured, he commanded then not to speak of what they saw until after his his death. This brings out the time gap that exists between the disciples and the present Christians. They were the witnesses but we cannot get connect with them to get firsthand information. The transfiguration of Jesus and appearance of Moses and Elijah as well as God’s voice show the spiritual gap that exists between how God does his things and how men do theirs. It was the custom of servants to create resting places for their masters and their guests.


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