The Cutting Room Floor

Episode #2 TCRF: Kingdom Wisdom - True Wisdom

Posted by Williamsburg Community Chapel on with 4 Comments

Have you ever wanted more insight on Sunday morning? Travis learns something new in studying scripture that he cannot always include in his morning messages. He often adds these insights to what he calls "The Cutting Room Floor". We invite you to listen and join in the conversation as Travis talks to us about the use of parallelism in Proverbs.

The Cutting Room Floor - Ep. 2

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Kathy Stackhouse January 13, 2018 2:15pm

Travis, thanks for the interesting talk on parallelism. I especially liked what you said about poetry using parallelism having the ability to be translated into many languages without losing the meaning. God is good. Really looking forward to this sermon series on Proverbs.

Clarke Morledge January 15, 2018 11:58am

Travis: Thanks for the great explanation of parallelism of Hebrew poetry.

It does bring up an important question: There are many people today who believe that the statements in the Bible, that are part of the poetic genre of Scripture are somehow less important/authoritative than the statements found in the historical narrative genre.

How would you respond to that?

Travis Simone January 18, 2018 2:45pm

Kathy, thanks for taking the time to listen. I love that quote too. I will add it here so you have it in written form: It is (according to one’s point of view) either a wonderful piece of luck or a wise provision of God’s that poetry which was to be turned into all languages should have as its chief formal characteristic one that does not disappear (as metre does) in translation.”
—C.S. Lewis

Travis Simone January 18, 2018 2:59pm

Clarke, that is a great observation about how people view the poetic genre of Scripture vs. the historical genre of Scripture. I think this stems from the fact that the poetic books often require more reflection before their meaning emerges. In the historical sections of Scripture, the meaning appears to be plain because the author is simply telling you what happened. However, I would suggest that the sustained reflection that can be oft putting for people attempting to learn from the poetic books of the Bible (Pslams, Proverbs, Job, and parts of many other books of the Bible, especially the prophetic books) would be a beneficial discipline to apply to the whole Bible. Even in the historical books of Joshua or Judges, God is communicating what happened, AND MORE, for those who add reflection time to their reading time. I will close with the clearest verse is the Bible that calls us not to favor one part of Scripture over another, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” - 2 Timothy 3:16. As our late pastor emeritus, Dick Woodward would say, “the whole Word for the whole world.”