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Bible interpretation

Comparing three interpretive methods

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Interpretations of typical passages:

In a separate essay, we describe some of the methods that Christians use to interpret the Bible, including:

bullet Using a literal interpretation: The events happened exactly as described.
bullet Viewing the Bible as a historical document: The passages contain a great deal of mythical content:  magical occurrences which never happened. However the stories themselves are spiritually very significant.
bullet Using Midrash. The events probably never happened. However, they demonstrate God's ancient presence with believers continues through history.