Basic Bible Interpretation: A Practical Guide to Discovering Biblical Truth

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BASIC BIBLE INTERPRETATION

Can the Bible really be understood?
Are Old Testament prophecies relevant for today?
How can I understand the symbolism of the Book of Revelation?
What is the relationship of the Old Testament to the New Testament?

Why study Bible interpretation? Dr. Roy Zuck points out that it is...

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Overview

BASIC BIBLE INTERPRETATION

Can the Bible really be understood?
Are Old Testament prophecies relevant for today?
How can I understand the symbolism of the Book of Revelation?
What is the relationship of the Old Testament to the New Testament?

Why study Bible interpretation? Dr. Roy Zuck points out that it is essential for understanding and teaching the Bible properly, essential as a step beyond observation, and essential for applying the Bible correctly.

He discusses the challenges of Bible interpretation, considers the problems of Bible interpretation, explores the history of Bible interpretation, and defines key terms--all in a practical, down-to-earth way.

Though Dr. Zuck's many years of teaching and scholarship are evident in this book, he has written in language understandable to all who are serious about bible study and who want to know better what Scripture means.

Basic Bible Interpretation lives up to its title. It deals with the basics and doesn't confuse the reader with extraneous material. It focuses on the bible as the Word of God and handles that Word with "reverence and godly fear." It tells us how to interpret this marvelous Book, and even gives the reader opportunity to put the principles into practice. In every way, this book is a practical tool for the serious student who wants to study the Bible and apply its truths.

Warren W. Wiersbe Author, Conference Speaker

Having taught and written in the area of hermeneutics for almost thirty years, I am convinced that there is no more important course in the seminary curriculum for training in the scriptures. As Roy Zuck has so ably demonstrated, we cannot know the message of the bible for today until we know its meaning.

Dr. Zuck's work is intensely biblical and comprehensive but at the same time it is simple and uncomplicated. This is a book we have needed for many years and I praise the Lord that it is now available.

Earl D. Radmacher Chancellor, Professor of Systematic Theology Western Seminary

At last! A book on hermeneutics you can understand. Dr. Zuck has drawn heavily on his many years of teaching in the seminary classroom to present an excellent treatise on biblical interpretation. While this book will be well received in the classroom, it is one that I will be wholeheartedly recommending to my congregation. While the scholarship is clearly present, it is nevertheless most readable and understandable by the average layperson. This book will make a valuable contribution to your ability to comprehend the Scriptures.

Louis A. Barbieri Senior Pastor Des Plaines Bible Church Des Plaines, Illinois

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781438773
  • Publisher: Cook, David C.
  • Publication date: 5/15/2002
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 170,052
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Roy B. Zuck is department chairman and professor of Bible Exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary where he has served on faculty since 1973. Dr. Zuck has written or edited more than seventy books on Christian education and biblical studies. He had edited Bibleotheca Sacra (Dallas Seminary's theological journal) since 1986.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 7
1. The What and Why of Bible Interpretation 9
2. Bible Interpretation--Then and Now 27
3. Whose View Is Valid? 59
4. Bridging the Cultural Gap 76
5. Bridging the Grammatical Gap 98
6. Bridging the Literary Gap 123
7. Figures of Speech 143
8. Testing the Types and Sensing the Symbols 169
9. Probing the Parables and Analyzing the Allegories 194
10. Interpreting Prophecy 227
11. The Use of the Old Testament in the New Testament 250
12. Applying God's Word Today 279
Notes 293
Answers to Exercises 302
Person Index 305
Scripture Index 307
Subject Index 319
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