Interpretation or Speculation

In the last couple of weeks I have come across an interesting contrast in the use of two terms, interpretation and speculation. It seems to me the problem with the general use of these two terms is always qualified by the “eye of the beholder.” We all “interpret” the Bible in our own opinion and seek to the best of our ability to articulate what we believe that Word says to us. Every time I have seen the term “speculation” it has always been used to describe someone else with whom the writer disagrees with. Hum.

So in short, we “interpret the Scriptures” and others “speculate about the Scriptures.” Isn’t that amazing. I am afraid the line between speculation and interpretation may be even finer than the line between genius and insanity.

Grateful to be in His Grip,

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Another example might be seen with the common use of “exegesis” and “eisegesis.” In practice, one is always applied to the speaker and the other is always applied to his opponent, regardless of any facts, merit, or relevance to scripture.

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