Grasping God's Word Workbook


Helps college students, beginning seminary students, and other serious readers of Scripture learn how to read, interpret, and apply the Bible

This practical workbook contains numerous biblical examples and plenty of hands-on projects to guide students through the interpretive process. The text is arranged ...

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Helps college students, beginning seminary students, and other serious readers of Scripture learn how to read, interpret, and apply the Bible

This practical workbook contains numerous biblical examples and plenty of hands-on projects to guide students through the interpretive process. The text is arranged pedagogically and gives added attention to the application phase.

Topics addressed include:
* Basic tools on how to read the Bible
* The general nature of the interpretive task
* Issues related to who determines meaning and how to apply meaning
* How to interpret and apply texts from specific genres of the Old Testament and New Testament

Author Biography: J. Scott Duvall is dean of the Pruet School of Christian Studies and Fuller Professor of Biblical Studies at Ouachita Baptist University where he teaches Spiritual Formation. Scott has co-authored Biblical Greek Exegesis: A Graded Approach to Learning Intermediate and Advanced Greek and Grasping God's Word: A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible.
J. Daniel Hays has been a professor at Ouachita Baptist University since 1992, where his educational specialty is Old Testament and Biblical Interpretation. A former missionary to Ethiopia, he has authored or coauthored several books. Dr. Hays and his wife, Donna, have a daughter and a son at OBU.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310243045
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 8/1/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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Grasping God's Word Workbook

A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible
By J. Scott Duvall J. Daniel Hays


Copyright © 2001 Zondervan
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-310-24304-1

Chapter One

Section 1

Assignment Worksheets

Part 1

How to Read the Book-Basic Tools

The Interpretive Journey

Name _______________________________ Date __________


Answer the following questions.

1. Describe the four steps of the Interpretive Journey.

Step 1:

Step 2:

Step 3:

Step 4:

2. What are the guidelines for developing theological principles?






3. What are the differences that determine the width of the river to cross?

How to Read the Book-Sentences

Name _______________________________ Date __________

Assignment 1

Find a minimum of thirty observations in Acts 1:8. List them below. Avoid making interpretations or applications at this stage. That is, stay with observations. For example, an observation would be to note that the passage starts off with the conjunction "but." This conjunction connects the sentence to the one above it in a contrasting way. If, however, you were to note that the Holy Spirit empowers us for evangelism, that observation falls into the category of interpretation or application. Do not enter into the interpretation or application phase yet. Limit all thirty of your observations to the details and not to the interpretation of the details. Work hard! Dig hard! Read and reread the passage. Do not quit until you have found at least thirty observations. Try to find more than thirty! Happy hunting!

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you;

and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.














Name _______________________________ Date __________


















Extra 1.

Extra 2.

Extra 3.

Extra 4.

Use another sheet of paper if you have more.

Name _______________________________ Date __________

Assignment 2

Make as many observations as you can on John 1:5-7. Follow the format presented for Romans 12:1-2 in chapter 2 of the textbook. Dig deep! Think hard. Spend time on this. Mark dozens and dozens of observations. Read and reread! Look again! Observe! Observe! Observe!

5 This is the message that we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light;

in him there is no darkness at all.

6 If we claim to have fellowship with him

yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.

7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light,

we have fellowship with one another,

and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.


Excerpted from Grasping God's Word Workbook by J. Scott Duvall J. Daniel Hays Copyright © 2001 by Zondervan. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents

Introduction. . . . 4
SECTION 1--Assignment Worksheets
PART 1: How to Read the Book--Basic Tools
1. The Interpretive Journey.. . . . . 6
2. How to Read the Book--Sentences. . . 7
3. How to Read the Book--Paragraphs. . .. . . 17
4. How to Read the Book--Discourses .. . . . . 27
PART 2: Contexts--Now and Then
5. What Do We Bring to the Text? . .. . . 34
6. The Historical-Cultural Context . . . . .. 35
7. The Literary Context . .. . . 47
8. Word Studies . . . . 53
9. Bible Translations . . .. .. . 63
PART 3: Meaning and Application
10. Who Controls the Meaning?. .. . . . 66
11. Levels of Meaning . . .. . . 67
12. The Role of the Holy Spirit. .. . . . 71
13. Application. . . .. . 73
PART 4: The Interpretive Journey--New Testament
14. New Testament--Letters . .. . . . 80
15. New Testament--Gospels . .. . . . . 83
16. New Testament--Acts . . . . 87
17. New Testament--Revelation . . . . 89
PART 5: The Interpretive Journey--Old Testament
18. Old Testament--Narrative. .. . . . 96
19. Old Testament--Law . .. . . . 103
20. Old Testament--Poetry . .. . . . 113
21. Old Testament--Prophets . . 119
22. Old Testament--Wisdom . . . . 129
SECTION 2--Exegetical Paper
The Exegetical Paper .. . . 137
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