I received a comment on my blog, saying Bible Study Fellowship has it wrong for the final question every lesson. It’s not “homiletics”. It should be “hermeneutics.”
Never having heard of hermeneutics, I googled. And now I am wondering myself which is it that BSF means.
Homiletics is “the application of Scripture” or “the study of the composition and delivery of a sermon.” Webster’s defines homiletics as “the art of preaching.”
Hermeneutics is “the interpretation of Scripture” or exegesis. Webster’s defines hermeneutics as “the study of the methodological principles of interpretation (as of the Bible)”.
Exegesis is according to Webster’s “exposition, explanation; an explanation or critical interpretation of a text”.
When I took the Homiletic seminar a few years back offered by BSF, I understood it as the interpretation of Scripture and what is the Word saying. But is BSF looking for what is the Word saying or what is the Word saying TO ME? Or is it how to preach??
While there is infinite applications, there is usually only one (or a couple if not clear) interpretations.
I’m confused after having done my own research on just what is BSF looking for on that last question. What the Bible is saying? What is the Bible saying to me? Or how to give a sermon to others on what the Bible is saying? Or how to give a sermon to others on applications from the passage?
Would love to know from you leaders out there which it is…