Inductive Bible Study: A Comprehensive Guide to the Practice of Hermeneutics

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Overview

"For half a century, Robert Traina's method of inductive Bible study has taught students the most important critical-thinking skill of all: how to read! His method trains people to attend closely to what is in a text and what is not in a text, to follow a text's argument, and to map its narrative flow. Now David Bauer adds to the collaborative mix his own formidable strengths as an experienced teacher of inductive Bible study and as an internationally recognized biblical scholar. Together they present a finely honed guide to the process of observation, interpretation, and appropriation, enhanced with examples of how to execute each step and with helpful discussions about both the place of their approach in the landscape of contemporary hermeneutical debates and the connections between critical approaches and their inductive method. This volume lays an essential foundation for critical analysis and careful exegesis."—David A. deSilva, Ashland Theological Seminary

"I have personally used Bauer and Traina's method of inductive Bible study for more than twenty-five years and can testify to its effectiveness for understanding Scripture in ways that are both academically responsible and pastorally relevant. The approach allows Scripture to reveal itself, to speak on its own terms in ways that overcome the limitations and presuppositions of its readers. This volume presents that time-honored approach for a new generation—and it is a remarkable achievement! Students will appreciate a text that is so immediately accessible and, eventually, will come to treasure this volume as a handbook to be consulted repeatedly throughout their professional careers."—Mark Allan Powell, Trinity Lutheran Seminary

"Many of us learned years ago to begin Bible study for ourselves with 'observation, interpretation, and application,' doing as much as possible on our own before turning to other resources. We may not have known one of the classic sources that outlined this method in comprehensive detail by Robert Traina. Now masterfully updated, with state-of-the-art scholarship and bibliographic references, this tome has been made useful for a new generation by David Bauer and Robert Traina. Part hermeneutics, part exegesis, part philosophy and logic, with numerous illustrations from Scripture itself, Inductive Bible Study does not supplant the standard works in each of these areas but helpfully supplements many of them."—Craig L. Blomberg, Denver Seminary

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801027673
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 636,225
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

David R. Bauer (PhD, Union Theological Seminary, Virginia) is Ralph Waldo Beeson Professor of Inductive Biblical Studies and dean of the School of Biblical Interpretation and Proclamation at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is the author of several books, including An Annotated Guide to Biblical Resources for Ministry. Robert A. Traina (1921-2010) was professor of English Bible at The Biblical Seminary in New York and at Asbury Theological Seminary for over forty years. He received his PhD from Drew University and authored the influential classic Methodical Bible Study.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Eugene H. Peterson
Introduction
Part 1: Theoretical Foundations
1. Inductive Study
2. Transjective Study
3. Intentional and Rational Study
4. Re-Creative Study
5. Direct Study
6. Comprehensive and Integrated Study
7. Individual and Communal Study
8. Compositional Book Study
9. Canonical Study
10. Flexible Procedural Study
Part 2: Observing and Asking
11. Survey of Books-as-Wholes
12. Survey of Parts-as-Wholes (Divisions, Sections, Segments)
13. Focused Observation
Part 3: Answering or Interpreting
14. Selecting Questions and Formulating Premises
15. Drawing Inferences from the Premises
16. Implementing Interpretation
Part 4: Evaluating and Appropriating
17. Description of Evaluation and Appropriation
18. Implementing Evaluation and Appropriation
Part 5: Correlation
19. Character and Practice of Correlation
20. Implementing Correlation
Epilogue
Appendixes
Indexes

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