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Context is King

Dr. John Walton, Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School, and I recently had a chat on Exegetically Speaking. He lays out the importance of knowing the context of a passage to understand it.  After discussing four kinds of context for exegesis, he focuses on the historical context.  As a test case, he takes us to Daniel 7:1 to understand what is happening historically at the time of Daniel’s fantastic vision. 

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John Walton: “Context Is Everything”

Recently, Dr. John Walton, Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School, joined me on Exegetically Speaking to lay out the importance of knowing the context of a passage to understand it. After discussing four kinds of context for exegesis, he focuses on the linguistic context. As a test case, he takes us to 1 Samuel 13:14: “the LORD sought out a man after his own heart [David].” What does that mean? Where does it come from? It might not mean what we always thought.

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Using Commentaries Well

In this 8 minute edition of Exegetically Speaking . . .

Dr. John Walton, Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College, offers advice about commentaries. What do they offer? How should we use them? Where does consulting commentaries fit into the process of exegesis? Listen in to hear Dr. Walton’s advice.john walton

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Ten Reasons Why the Original Languages Are Important in Exegetical Work

Veteran interpreter, Dr. John Walton, goes briefly through ten reasons why knowing and working in the original, biblical languages–Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic–are important if you want to get at the meaning behind the Scriptures. john walton

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