Interpreting the Bible 14 – The Law of Recurrence

This entry is part 13 of 14 in the series Interpreting the Bible (Vlog)

(This is a continuation of the “Interpreting The Bible“ video blog series.  This post assumes the prerequisite watching of earlier videos in the series.  Click the link above to watch the entire series up to this week’s installment.)

This week’s installation involves what is known as The Law of Recurrence.  This principle exists throughout the scriptures as an event narrated in two or more “passes.”  In such cases, frequently a story is told very generally, and then told again from the beginning but providing additional detail.

Not only is such recurrence very frequent in scripture, it is in fact the technique by which scripture begins itself in the account of creation.  Many have seen this particular instance of recurrence as an argument for two separate creation accounts.  Others have seen this recurrence as the very frequent literary device that it is: a story told in passes of varying detail and focus.

Today’s consideration of the law of recurrence includes a good deal of example from scripture to assist the interpreter in the understanding of the principle.

Bible Interpretation Pt. 14 from Jeff Kluttz on Vimeo.

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4 Responses to Interpreting the Bible 14 – The Law of Recurrence

  • Please I want all the principles send to my email

  • Hi. Is there any text in the bible that refers to reincarnation, that life will be repeated and or that life is a recurring experience?

    • No, there is not. In fact, scripture emphatically teaches against this notion by affirming repeatedly the sentiment of Hebrews 9:27, that “man is appointed to die once, then face the judgment.” While this is a principle- rather than a rule (some men were resurrected, and died twice, like Lazarus) – never is there a teaching that a man will die, then return in a new personality to live a new life. The principle is always that man dies, then stands for his eternal judgment.

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