HOW TO READ THE BIBLE F O R A L L I T S W O RT H
The primary task of Bible study is to determine what the Scriptures meant at the time they were written and how that meaning applies to us today. This vital guide focuses on the historical contexts of the Bible and explains differences between the Old Testament narratives, the Epistles, Gospels, Parables, Psalms, and more. It's a practical approach to Bible study -- one that makes good sense and is easy to understand. This new edition includes, among other changes, a new section on the Song of Songs and an updated list of recommended commentaries and resources.
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Preface Introduction: The Need to Interpret The Basic Tool: A Good Translation The Epistles: Learning to Think Contextually The Epistles: The Hermeneutical Questions The Old Testament Narratives: Their Proper Use Acts: The Question of Historical Precedent The Gospels: One Story, Many Dimensions The Parables: Do You Get the Point? The Law(s): Covenant Stipulations for Israel The Prophets: Enforcing the Covenant in Israel The Psalms: Israel’s Prayers and Ours Wisdom: Then and Now The Revelation: Images of Judgment and Hope Appendix: The Evaluation and Use of Commentaries 10 15 31 49 66 85 103 124 148 163 181 205 226 254 270
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for All Its
A Guide to Understanding the Bible
Gordon D. Fee & Douglas Stuart
How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth Adobe Acrobat eBook ReaderTM format Copyright © 1981, 1993 by Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 All rights reserved. ISBN 0-310-24480-3 Cover design: Zondervan
For our parents Donald and Grace Fee and Streeter and Merle Stuart from whom we learned our love for the Word
A B B R E V I AT I O N S O F T R A N S L AT I O N S
LB NAB NASB NEB NIV NRSV RSV
The Good News Bible (formerly Today’s English Version), 1976 The Jerusalem Bible, 1966 The King James Version (also, the Authorized Version), 1611 The Living Bible, 1971 The New American Bible, 1970 The New American Standard Bible, 1960 The New English Bible, 1961 The New International Version, 1973 The New Revised Standard Version, 1991 The Revised Standard Version, 1952
P R E FA C E
n one of our lighter moments we toyed with the idea of calling this book Not Just Another Book on How to Understand the Bible. Wisdom prevailed, and the “title” lost out. But such a title would in fact describe the kind of urgency that caused this book to be written. How-to-understand-the-Bible books abound. Some are good; others are not so good. Few are written by biblical scholars. Some of these books approach the subject from the variety of methods one can use in studying Scripture; others try to be basic primers in hermeneutics (the science of interpretation) for the layperson. The latter usually give a long section of general rules (rules that apply to all biblical texts) and another section of specific rules (rules that govern special types of problems: prophecy, typology, figures of speech, etc.). Of the “basic primer” type books we recommend especially Knowing Scripture, by R. C. Sproul (InterVarsity). For a heavier and less readable, but very helpful, dose of the same one should see A. Berkeley Mickelson’s Interpreting the Bible (Eerdmans). The closest thing to the kind of book we...