This is a second entry from the Simeon Trust workshop that I recently attended. One of the principles of study that the Simeon Trust presents is the concept of the Melodic Line. Let me give you their definition:
“Books of the Bible and the Bible as a whole have a coherent, sustained message similar to the unique melody of a song…It unites the whole book, concisely stating what the whole book is about. The theme of any passage will be related (directly or indirectly) to this theme or melodic line.” (from Workshop Handout)
The idea is that we should treat the Bible in a literary way, and to look for the theme or main idea(s) that are presented by each author. This keeps us from grasping at random verses that strike our interest, while we miss the main thrust of the book. It also is a way to keep us interpreting passages in their context.
For example, the Book of Acts is often a source book for the phenomenon of the Holy Spirit, or for church organization. But the Melodic line would have to do with the expansion of the Gospel – summarized in
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
The melodic line of Proverbs is represented by Proverbs 1:7
Proverbs 1:7 – ESV
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction.
I am currently preparing to peach on the prophetic books of Haggai and Malachi, and am reading with my printed out text and colored pencils to discern the “melodic line.” This is very useful, and I wish I had learned this concept earlier in my studies.
By the way, do you know the source for the melodic line in the graphic above?