Historical-grammatical method

Historical-Grammatical Method

Historical-grammatical method

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The historical-grammatical method is a Christian hermeneutics process that strives to discover the Biblical author's original intended meaning in the text. The terms grammatico-historical, historico-grammatical and historical-cultural are regarded as synonymous with historical-grammatical.

The process for determining the original meaning of the text is through examination of the grammatical and syntactical aspects, the historical background, the literary genre as well as theological (canonical) considerations.The historical-grammatical method distinguishes between the one original meaning of the text and its significance. The significance of the text is essentially the application or contextualization of the principles from text.

The original meaning of texts

The aim of the historical-grammatical method is to discover the meaning of the passage as the original author would have intended and what the original hearers would have understood. The original passage is seen as having only a single meaning or sense. As Milton S. Terry said: "A fundamental principle in grammatico-historical exposition is that the words and sentences can have but one significance in one and the same connection. The moment we neglect this...
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