Knowing Scripture

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The Bible is the written Word of God, and it is treasured by many. But it is also an ancient book about people and cultures very different than us. Thus, while we know we should read it, many of us have a hard time understanding the Bible.

In this updated edition of Knowing Scripture, R. C. Sproul helps us dig out the meaning of Scripture for ourselves. The author says, "The theme of this book is not how to read the Bible but how to study the Bible." He presents in simple, basic...

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Overview

The Bible is the written Word of God, and it is treasured by many. But it is also an ancient book about people and cultures very different than us. Thus, while we know we should read it, many of us have a hard time understanding the Bible.

In this updated edition of Knowing Scripture, R. C. Sproul helps us dig out the meaning of Scripture for ourselves. The author says, "The theme of this book is not how to read the Bible but how to study the Bible." He presents in simple, basic terms a commonsense approach to studying Scripture and gives eleven practical guidelines for biblical interpretation and applying what we learn. With a minimum of technical jargon, Sproul tackles some of the knotty questions regarding differences of interpreting the Bible, including

discovering the meanings of biblical wordsunderstanding Hebrew poetry, proverbs and parablesapproaching historical and didactic passagesbeing careful with predictive prophecydiscerning how culture conditions the Biblechoosing and using Bible translations, commentaries, Bible software and other helpsKnowing Scripture is a basic book for both beginning Bible readers and experienced students of Scripture.

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Editorial Reviews

J. I. Packer
"The Bible excites him and his excitement is infectious."
Christianity Today
"This little book should be required reading for any beginning student of the Bible."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830837236
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 2/25/2009
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 407,015
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

R. C. Sproul, theologian, pastor and teacher, is founder of Ligonier Ministries, an international teaching ministry based in Orlando, Florida. He holds doctorate degrees from Free University of Amsterdam and Whitefield Theological Seminary, and is author of more than sixty books, general editor of The Reformation Study Bible and executive editor of Tabletalk magazine. Sproul is senior minister of preaching at Saint Andrew's Chapel and can be heard daily on the radio broadcast Renewing Your Mind.
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Table of Contents

Foreword by J. I. Packer
Preface
1. Why Study the Bible
Two Myths
The Clarity of Scripture
The Problem of Motivation
The Biblical Basis for Bible Study
The Bible as Revelation
Theory and Practice
The Sensuous Christian
A Matter of Duty
2. Personal Bible Study and Private Interpretation
Martin Luther and Private Interpretation
Objectivity and Subjectivity
The Role of the Teacher
3. Hermeneutics: The Science of Interpretation
The Analogy of Faith
Interpreting the Bible Literally
Literal Interpretation and Genre Analysis
The Problem of Metaphor
The Medieval Quadriga
The Grammatical-Historical Method
Source Criticism
Authorship and Dating
Grammatical Errors
4. Practical Rules for Biblical Interpretation
Rule 1. Read the Bible Like Any Other Book
Rule 2. Read the Bible Existentially
Rule 3. Interpret the Historical Narratives by the Didactic
Rule 4. Interpret the Implicit by the Explicit
Rule 5. Determine Carefully the Meaning of Words
Rule 6. Note the Presence of Parallelisms
Rule 7. Note the Difference Between Proverb and Law
Rule 8. Observe the Difference Between the Spirit and the Letter of the Law
Rule 9. Be Careful with Parables
Rule 10. Be Careful with Predictive Prophecy
Rule 11. Interpret the Bible with a Spirit of Humility
5. Culture and the Bible
Cultural Conditioning and the Bible
Cultural Conditioning and the Reader
Principle and Custom
Practical Guidelines
6. Practical Tools for Bible Study
Bible Translations
Study Bibles
The King James Bible
Commentaries
Concordances, Bible Dictionaries and Atlases
Word Studies
Foreign Translations
What About Greek and Hebrew?
Bible Software
Bible Reading Program for Beginners
Conclusion
Notes
Glossary
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2007

    A must have basic

    This is a well-written book that outlines the basics of understanding scriptures - the basis of the Christian faith. Refutes common misconceptions intelligently in Sproul's clear manner.

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