Q. Concerning Jewish traditions, how do we use them in interpreting scripture? How does one study and use these traditions and reach proper conclusions instead of bad ones?
A. Traditions don’t carry the weight of Scripture so they shouldn’t be used for interpretation purposes. But they can be used in support of Scripture to enhance our understanding. For instance you shouldn’t use Jewish wedding traditions to build a case for a pre-trib Rapture of the Church. But if you already know the Bible teaches a pre-trib rapture, the wedding traditions can give you a deeper appreciation for what it teaches by showing how the bride and groom of Biblical times acted out prophecies concerning the Church and the Lord. So the traditions should always line up with the Bible, not the other way around.