Since we hold to the primacy of Scripture as God’s revelation to us of Himself and His way of salvation, we must also utilize an historical, grammatical hermeneutic.
This is because the author’s intended meaning is carried in the written language itself, which is a basic function of all human language.
Since the Bible is written in common, human languages, we must interpret it as we would any written text.
The idea that the language of the Bible contains hidden mysteries unlocked by interpreting ancient pictographic hieroglyphs is a hoax. No human language works that way.
Other fantastic claims of special interpretations fail because those who offer such interpretations are not intent on finding the original author’s meaning.
The modern and post-modern philosophies of “meaning,” promoting the idea that the author’s intended meaning is lost to the reader, are in line with post-modernism in general which seeks to do away with all boundary markers.
Our biblical worldview begins with God Who reveals Himself in truth and does so in a manner understandable to mankind, i.e., through human language.
The Bible is written in common human languages and should therefore be interpreted according to the rules which govern any and all literature.
This means that an historical, grammatical interpretation of the biblical text is the only method possible to derive the author’s meaning and therefore to properly understand the revelation God has given to us.
(Taken from: http://www.torahresource.com/apmf2016/Philippines_Conference_Handout_missing_page.pdf)
Cultural artifact is a term used in the social sciences, particularly anthropology, ethnology, and sociology for anything created by humans which gives information about the culture of its creator and users.
1) Tell us something about the way the world is
2) Tell us something about the way the world should be
3) Make some things possible
4) Make some things impossible or at least very difficult
5) Create building materials and tools for the next generation's artifacts
In what ways are the traditions of your family and the traditions of Beit Hallel cultural artifacts? We speak of "binding someone's conscience" as a standard for what we know God has revealed. Do we share this meaning, value, and way of doing things? What makes up a godly marriage, family, community? Who decides and what do we do when we disagree?