Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Old Testament and "Constellational" Truth

Sometimes it is difficult to understand exactly what an Old Testament writer is trying to say and at times what is said can seem disconcerting. This is often true when it comes to trying to interpret Old Testament poetry (ex: Psalms). While there are many helpful suggestions that could be shared, I have decided to include here one thing my Hebrew Exegesis teacher Dr. Beitzel said. “When it comes to Hebrew poetry, think constellational truth, not propositional.” Hebrew poetry is made in such a way that you have to connect the individual dots (ideas) before the message or formation emerges. If you try and just read each individual idea on its own, the whole meaning of the piece will elude you.
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