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How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth: Fourth Edition

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If we are using an English translation, that is itself an interpretation, so our reading of that is an interpretation of an interpretation. In clear, simple language, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth helps you accurately understa In fact we are convinced that the single most serious problem people have with the Bible is not with a lack of understanding but with the fact that they understand many things too well!

It is no accident that female pastors almost always lead to Progressive Christianity, and generally speaking are very much allowed at the most liberal of denominations. Gordon Fee served as the general editor of the New International Commentary series until 2012, and was on the NIV revision committee that produced the TNIV.Among his earlier writings are Studies in Early Hebrew Meter, Old Testament Exegesis: A Primer for Students and Pastors, and Favorite Old Testament Passages. Their statement that "John's larger concern is that, despite present appearances, God is in control of history and the church" is the capstone of this section. Interpretation of these texts must be accomplished in the same comprehensive manner as any other pericope; a point duly noted by Fee and Stuart. It challenged me, answered many questions that I've had for more than two decades in a logical and meaningful way, and has helped to reshape my view of God the Father from a moralistic micromanager of mankind to that of a living Creator intent on redeeming the world and not just a narrowly limited few.

Maybe I would have been happier if the book was a lot shorter, purely a guide on exegesis and hermeneutics, and less focused on the conclusions they have come to as a result of this process. I got a lot out of reading it, and I definitely will be taking what I learned into my personal Jesus time.No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. Their ultimate conclusion is to avoid the KJV and NKJV because they believe them to be based on an inferior text type. On a deep study level, I'm impressed with how much its expanded my ability to discern the full historical and literary context of commonly misused/misunderstood passages and verses. And their approach to chapter 13 (the Revelation) which seemed to shy away from the fantastical part of the imagery.

We cannot claim not to interpret (“it just means what it says so no interpretation is necessary”) because we are all doing it all the time.How do such "laws" speak to us, and how do they differ from the moral "laws," which are always valid in all circumstances?

For each of these types (genres), they have two overriding concerns: proper exegesis and proper hermeneutics. Additionally, the necessity to utilize Bible dictionaries and encyclopedias to understand historical context is given some consideration by the authors with additional discourse on biblical commentaries provided in the appendix. The class and this book were eye-opening confirmation that justified much of my uneasiness with people who say, “it’s in there; you’re just not spiritual enough to find it,” or “trust me, everyone thinks XYZ passage means this, but God showed me [and only me] what it really means. Because the Bible is God's message, it has eternal relevance ; it speaks to all humankind, in every age and in every culture.

For now it is sufficient to point out how the fact of translation in itself has already involved one in the task of interpretation. This commitment and the clear and relevant way in which they demonstrate the principles of exegesis as applied to the different genres of scripture (they identify eight; epistles, Old Testament narratives, acts, gospels [including a separate chapter on parables], law, prophets, wisdom, and revelation) sets the book apart, and makes it the first I would recommend to anyone seeking to understand the bible. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. This book is not meant for advanced students of the Bible of course, unless they would want to teach explanatory Bible reading and how to apply what you read. He is also the author of a major work on the Holy Spirit and the Person of Christ in the letters of Paul.

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