Grasping God's Word: A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible / Edition 2

Grasping God's Word: A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible / Edition 2

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by J. Scott Duvall, J. Daniel Hays
     
 

ISBN-10: 0310259665

ISBN-13: 9780310259664

Pub. Date: 08/01/2005

Publisher: Zondervan

'...a wonderfully user-friendly book for serious readers who desire to journey into the world of the Bible in order to better understand it and to live faithfully in today's world.'
—From the foreword by Kevin J. Vanhoozer

'Excellent, practical, and accurate. It leads students from the most fundamental building blocks of interpretation (including skills

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'...a wonderfully user-friendly book for serious readers who desire to journey into the world of the Bible in order to better understand it and to live faithfully in today's world.'
—From the foreword by Kevin J. Vanhoozer

'Excellent, practical, and accurate. It leads students from the most fundamental building blocks of interpretation (including skills that most beginning students lack) through all the essential processes.'
—Craig S. Keener, Professor of New Testament, Eastern Seminary

Just as a rock climber's handhold enables him to master the mountain, a firm grasp on God's Word empowers us to traverse the challenging, risky slopes of life. Grasping God's Word helps college students, beginning seminary students, and other serious readers get a grip on the solid rock of Scripture—how to read it, how to interpret it, and how to apply it.

Filling the gap between approaches that are too simple and others that are too technical, this book starts by equipping readers with general principles of interpretation, then moves on to apply those principles to specific genres and contexts. Features include:
* Proven in classrooms across the country
* Hands-on exercises to guide students through the interpretation process
* Emphasis on real-life application
* Supplemented by a website for professors providing extensive teaching materials
* Accompanying workbook (sold separately)

This second edition includes an appendix on 'Inspiration and Canon,' numerous updates throughout the rest of the book, new exercises, and updated bibliographies.

Grasping God's Word progresses through the following five sections:
1. How to Read the Book—Basic Tools
2. Contexts—Now and Then
3. Meaning and Application
4. The Interpretive Journey—New Testament
5. The Interpretive Journey—Old Testament

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310259664
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
08/01/2005
Edition description:
2ND
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Contents Foreword ...9
Acknowledgments...11
Preface to the Second Edition...12
Preface to the First Edition...13
PART 1: How to Read the Book—Basic Tools
1. The Interpretive Journey...19
2. How to Read the Book—Sentences...28
3. How to Read the Book—Paragraphs...45
4. How to Read the Book—Discourses...65
PART 2: Contexts—Now and Then
5. What Do We Bring to the Text?...87
6. The Historical-Cultural Context...98
7. The Literary Context...119
8. Word Studies...132
9. Bible Translations...157
PART 3: Meaning and Application
10. Who Controls the Meaning?...175
11. Levels of Meaning...184
12. The Role of the Holy Spirit...205
13. Application...213
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PART 4: The Interpretive Journey—New Testament
14. New Testament—Letters...227
15. New Testament—Gospels...244
16. New Testament—Acts...265
17. New Testament—Revelation...282
PART 5: The Interpretive Journey—Old Testament
18. Old Testament—Narrative...305
19. Old Testament—Law...328
20. Old Testament—Poetry...346
21. Old Testament—Prophets...368
22. Old Testament—Wisdom...388
Appendix 1: Inspiration and Canon...409
Appendix 2: Writing an Exegetical Paper...421
Appendix 3: Building a Personal Library...425
Scripture Index...451
Subject Index...457

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Grasping God's Word 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read used in one of my seminary classes. Gives good basic but not always known procedures on how to dig deeper into the Word of God.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The pastor of my church has me reading this book. It has a wealth of valueable Biblical scholorship basics in it. It is definetly written for a Protistant crowd who plan on further collegic level Biblical study. Therefore it can be a bit redundant or too basic at some parts if you already have some experence in this area. The ultimate goal of this text book is to teach the reader a meticulous, accurate, and useable approach to understanding the Bible. Note, the work book for this is useful, but maily adds blank pages to do assignments that are given in the main text book (so its basically worthless).