Approach: Reading two passages that reveal how Jews of the first century studied God's word.

Hermeneutic objective: Learning how to find cultural data to understand Jesus' comments about the Jews.

Theological objective: The study of God's word can be hampered by:

1. Using a commentary as a substitute to reading God's word.

2. Mistaking tradition, that has no basis in God's word, as authoritative for faith and practice.