10th Grade Fall IDP

Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth: Interpreting a Passage of Scripture

Sources for Hermeneutics Paper

The Passage and Its Context

Start by reading your passage of Scripture several times.  Jot down thoughts you have as you read.  Create a list of questions as you read.  What don't you understand?  What do you need to know more about?


Use a study Bible and read the notes at the beginning of the book of the Bible in which your passage is located.  Read the notes that relate specifically to your passage.


Use these "Context Questions" to help you understand the passage's meaning. Start by answering the questions you can from your own reading/understanding and the notes in the study Bible.

The Passage and Its Commentators

Read what others think about your passage in print and online commentaries. 

Print commentaries are located in the 220s section, both in the Reference section and the circulating books.  The commentaries are in biblical order, starting with Genesis and going through Revelation.  In the Reference section, most of the commentaries cover a larger section of Scripture, either the entire Bible or one of the Testaments.  Search TCA's Library catalog
 for books about your passage.
Online commentaries can be found at these websites:

Bible Gateway

Good for IVP Commentaries, Dictionaries, Cross-References (Click on More Resources under the Study tab)

Bible Commentaries, Notes, and Dictionaries

Huge resource. Pay attention to the source descriptions. Consider date, focus, and type of resource!

Bible Hub

Good for Greek Lexicon with parallel translations


Many resources paralleled with Scripture

Articles and sermons can be found using a search engine like Google.  HOWEVER, be sure that your article has a credible author.  If you can't find any information about the author at the web page itself, google the person's name to find out more information about him or her.
Susan Waller,
Sep 25, 2018, 8:34 AM