The English word “context” is derived from two Latin words meaning “to weave threads” (contextus, from con 'together' + texere 'to weave') and so our word signifies that which is connected or woven together.
Successful understanding of almost everything the Bible says cannot be accomplished without proper context, but context means so much more than just looking at the surrounding verses of a text.
“The Importance of Context in Bible Study,” this week’s new article on the Strategic Understanding page, discusses four types of context which are necessary for understanding any biblical verse and gives examples for each type from both the Old and New Testaments.
The article not only shows principles you can use immediately, but also explains several verses which readers often find difficult to understand or which they misunderstand due to lack of context. Check out the article and see how profitable following the threads of context can be in your own study.
“The Importance of Context in Bible Study” is the third in a series of articles planned on successful study of the word of God. The first articles in the series, “Why We Study the Word of God” and “Choosing a Bible Translation” are also available on the Strategic Understanding page.