Fundamental Rules for
By E.H. Jack Sequeira
Since Jesus spoke and the Bible writers wrote primarily for
the people of their day, always consider the historical, geographical,
and cultural setting of the passage you are studying.
Always consider the context of the unit, chapter, and book
when interpreting a text. The meaning of each verse must agree
with the theme of the unit, chapter, and book, as well as the
overall teaching of the Bible.
When interpreting a passage or verse, make sure to study
each sentence grammatically to get the correct meaning. Pay special
attention to the verbs as they deal with actions.
Make sure to get the meaning of each text as intended by
the Bible writer or inspired speaker before making application.
This is called bridge-building and is important in giving Bible
Difficult texts must be interpreted in the light of the clear
teachings of the whole Bible. Therefore, study all that Scripture
teaches on a given subject before coming to a conclusion on any
The New Testament must be interpreted in the light of the
Old Testament and vice versa. The Old Testament is promise and
the New Testament is fulfillment. Both complement each other.
For accuracy, use the best translations and, if at all possible,
compare with the original text.