Categories of Bible Writings
Each type of writing has its own
special considerations for biblical interpretation.
The author's intent is somewhat implied by the type of literature.
A. Historical narrative (55%
OT, 66% NT)
1. Matt: Written with the Jews in mind; starts with a
genealogy, presents Jesus as King
2. Mark: Written with the Romans in mind; presents Jesus
3. Luke: Written with the Greeks in mind; presents Jesus
as perfect Man
4. John: The gospel of belief unto eternal life; presents
Jesus as Son of God
5. Acts: The early church in transition
6. Much of the Old Testament
B. Wisdom literature
C. Poetic literature
2. Song of Solomon
1. Written to:
people: Titus, Timothy
churches: Ephesus, Philippi, Corinth
* Groups of
people: Hebrews, Romans
2. Generally for the purpose of:
* Solving a
* Instructing in
proper conduct for Christians and Christian workers.
1. Major & minor prophets
2. Book of Revelation
* Article (c)1998 Gregory Koukl.
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