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Observation 3
Posted on August 18, 2010

You may have heard “If you see a ‘therefore’ in the Bible, look to see what it is there for.” The reason for this is that “therefore” is a structural marker. It indicates that what has come before leads to what comes after. In observing what the author is saying, it gives a structural clue to how he is framing his argument. As we mentioned yesterday, by extension, the Spirit used this structure to communicate truth to us.


“Therefore” is not the only word like that. For instance, “but” indicates that what has come before is in contrast with what comes after; “for” will in a lot of cases will indicate the supporting reason for what has just been said. There are many others you can look for click here for a list you can use in your study.


How do you use these? First being aware they are there will help you in observing what is happening in the text. What I do is highlight them in a text when I read through it (for an example click here).


Next we will look at how to use the structure to uncover the grammatical laws that at in effect in a passage.


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