BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION WITIDN THE CONTEXT OF ESTABLISHED BIBLE STUDY GROUPS

Ernst M Conradie

Abstract


1. Introduction
There exists an abundant corpus of popular literature in South Africa for Bible study
groups. There are also a number of publications on appropriate Bible study methods for
groups. These texts often include sections on group dynamics and interaction, drawing on
the equally extensive corpus of literature in psychology and sociology on the functioning of
groups. In the field of theological hermeneutics the importance of interpretative
communities and of "reading the Bible in communion" has often been stressed.l There is no
need here to repeat or to summarise the consensus emerging from such literature. There is a
need though, to relate the group dynamics within Bible Study groups to the theory of
Biblical interpretation. This contribution will therefore offer a few brief hermeneutical
observations on the interpretation of the Bible in a group context.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/78-0-694

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