Hermeneutics: Observe the Purpose of a Book (Luke 1:1-4; John 20:30-31)

When writing an essay, the introduction is usually the first paragraph that informs the reader what the article is about, its purpose and its background. It also introduces the writer to the reader who is informed of the writer’s tone and writing style. In essence, why did the writer write this essay?

Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught. (Luke 1:1-4, NIV)

Who is this written to?

What is this about?

Why is this important?

The conclusion of an essay restates the central idea of the article and is a reminder of its purpose. It answers the question, "why does this matter?" "Is there a larger meaning to this?"

Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (John 20:30-31, NIV)

Who is the author?

What is the book of John about?

Why was the book written?

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