~@ROliverLuce | 08-09-15
Regarding the study of Hermeneutics I am going to introduce two systems or approaches to studying biblical scripture for the believer and doer in Christ!
1. First, there is the study of biblical hermeneutics from a Roman-Greek Christian exegesis.
2. Secondly, there is the study of biblical scripture from a Hebrew worldview or exegesis using the original Hebrew language, it’s Hebrew idioms and ancient Hebrew culture.
It’s the first hermeneutical discipline that was embraced by the Christian church in the year [about] 325 AD. This was the year when the church fathers put together the official bible canon which contains to this day what was termed the “Old Testament” and the “New Testament” books. They did leave out anything obvious that amounted to be Jewish in nature because the Jews murdered Yeshua. For this reason and later another reason, the overt rejection of the “followers of Yeshua” as a Jewish sect by mainstream Jews, anything Jewish was considered evil and not God-breathed and subsequently left out of the canon.
An example of leaving out anything that was starkly Hebrew in nature [generally speaking], would be some books, such as most of the book of Esther was left out. To this day, there is some doubt that all of Esther should have been included among other books like the “book of Enoch.”
But for sure, God is in control! He had to have been hiding many Hebraic details of many revelations of Yeshua and coming events from the Jews while predicting He would reveal and open the eyes of the Jews in a time when His Son [The Word] would return again at the end of the age. That is NOW happening right before our eyes as we discover what the first century apostles knew about the feasts, the Covenant, the marriage process, the details of the book of Revelation from the Torah and the Tanakh!
The second hermeneutical approach is built on the understanding of what the original apostles believed and knew in the first-century church which was actually considered a “Jewish Sect” by mainstream Jews at that time!
Today we are re-discovering the rest of the story of how to understand God’s Word from a Hebraic exegesis, the apostles understood, that even OPENS THE EYES and takes the scales off the Jew’s eyes of understanding in these last days as God had predicted. We as believers have always known our savior. It’s that we now can UNDERSTAND “the rest of the story” of the RETURN OF OUR LORD for His bride through ancient Hebrew eyes!
Briefly there are usually only two levels of understanding the scriptures from a Roman-Greek exegesis. Those two levels are understanding the scripture from a literal meaning only [within the context with certain keywords that are understood by it’s first use in the bible] (or) as an allegorical meaning only. This approach or system is understood by almost all Western style pastors and teachers and orthodox communities since the making of the canon until today.
Again briefly the Hebraic approach is based on a system of four levels which comes from how the inspired writers of the Torah and the entire Tanakh wrote in ancient biblical days. Those 4 levels are: (1) p’shat – direct, simple; (2) remez – hinting; (3) darash – commentary, comparison; (4) Sod – Deep, hidden. Of course with all four levels of approach: Context, the first use of certain terms in the Word are important as is with the Roman-Greek approach. When studying the Hebraic method there is a requirement the interpreter is to agree on. He must agree to a moral standard of unbiasedness which means they can never add nor subtract from the written Word and that all scripture is 100% true as verified through a rigorous copying system. Understanding of Hebrew idioms and distinguishing linguistic features are important as well in understanding what the biblical text is actually saying with its ancient Hebrew cultural background.
This is the difference in understanding God’s Word from our limited view of God’s Word through these many centuries. To not understand God’s Word through the eyes of a Hebrew Yeshua is to deny our understanding.
Now we are ready to move forward to study and discover HOW we can understand John’s writing and the book of Revelation. Perhaps we might take a hint that understanding Revelation means to first understand God’s Covenant, God’s marriage process for His Son, and the seven feasts of the Lord. When we find out HOW to understand Revelation we will be blessed and inspired to further our walk and obedience in Yeshua!!
Now is the time to break-out the Word and spread it to the Jews as well. Most Jews do not even read nor believe nor understand the Torah and most of the Tanakh!
Matthew 24:14 is on order!!