Craig Blomberg has provided the following helpful list of common indicators of interpretive problems.
- Nontrivial differences among the major translations of a given text
- A passage of Scripture that seems to disagree with something the author has said
- Apparent disagreement between the author and what other inspired authors of Scripture say about the same topic.
- A single text that has spawned multiple, complex debates
- A text whose meaning is hardly debated today but whose background indicates diverse history of interpretation
- Places in the New Testament use a quotation from the Old testament in a way that does not seem consonant with the meaning of the verse in the original context