CONTEXT IS KING

The first stage in serious Bible study is to consider the larger context within which a passage is found.

Unless we can grasp the whole before attempting to dissect the parts, interpretation is doomed from the start.

Statements simply have no meaning apart from their context.

...In Scripture the context provides the situation behind the text. In fact, there is no meaning apart from context, only several possible meanings.

Osborne, The Hermeneutical Spiral (2006), 36-37.