April 23, 2007
I used the word interpretation in this post, a word obviously open to interpretation. A word I use very easily, while others seem less comfortable with this word. Dictionary.com defines the word interpretation as :
1. the act of interpreting; elucidation; explication: This writer’s work demands interpretation.
2. an explanation of the meaning of another’s artistic or creative work; an elucidation: an interpretation of a poem.
To use the word interpretation when referring to the Bible can get some emotions running. Why do the Bible need interpretation? When using this word when referring to the Bible, it sounds like we are trying to argue away certain truths from the Bible.
I see interpretation as the way we see everything. Two people read a book, and understand it differently. Two people read a poem… Different people look at history, and see things differently. Everything is interpretation. Which doesn’t mean that there is no limits. Obviously some interpretations seem to be more realistic than other. But how do we choose between them?
How do you interpret the word interpretation? What comes to mind when you hear to word? Positive or negative connotations? Why?