The Hermeneutics Quiz
Ever wonder how two people can look at the same passage of the Bible and come away with such different applications? The ways we interpret the Bible, and what enters into our process of applying the Bible, are important for us to be aware of. Without this self-awareness, we can have blind spots in our Bible reading and not even know it.

The Hermeneutics Quiz first appeared in Leadership journal's winter 2008 edition, and you can read the full article here. It is designed to clarify how you understand the Bible and how you apply it. Some people will quibble with the categories in the quiz or insist on more than one answer. That’s okay. No test like this can reveal all the nuances needed, but broad answers are sufficient to benefit from taking the quiz.

 

On a scale of 1 to 5, mark the answer that best fits your approach to reading the Bible. (If you fall between response 1 and response 3, give yourself a 2.) Then total the points, and your score will reveal where you land on the quiz's hermeneutical scale.

1
The Bible is:

2
The Bible is:

3
The Bible's words are:

4
The commands in the Old Testament to destroy a village, including women and children, are:

5
The story of Hosea (the prophet) and Gomer (his wife) is:

6
The command of Jesus to wash feet is:

7
The gift of prophecy is:

8
Homosexuality's prohibitions in the Bible are:

9
The unity of the Bible is:

10
The Holy Spirit's role in interpretation is:

11
The injunctions upon women in 1 Timothy 2:9-15 are:

12
Careful interpretation of the Bible is:

13
The context for reading the Bible is:

14
Discerning the historical context of a passage is:

15
The Bible:

16
Capital punishment:

17
Tattoos:

18
The requirement of the Jerusalem Council (Acts 15:29) not to eat any meat improperly killed (strangled instead of having the blood drained properly):

19
Adultery:

20
Sabbath:

Hit "Submit" to see where you scored and what your score means in terms of how you read the Bible. The total scores range from a possible low of 20 to a possible high of 100.

To read more about the Hermeneutics Quiz, click here