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Let the Reader Understand: A Guide to Interpreting and Applying the Bible

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For many people, interpreting the Bible is the art of making it say what they want. Even scholars often treat interpretation as a subjective exercise, not the search for true, objective meaning of texts. But hasn't God spoken definitively in Scripture? Shouldn't we be able to arrive at a good and true interpretation?

Convinced that God wants us to understand his Word in all its literary genres, Dan McCartney and Charles Clayton have provided a thorough, readable introduction to...

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Overview

For many people, interpreting the Bible is the art of making it say what they want. Even scholars often treat interpretation as a subjective exercise, not the search for true, objective meaning of texts. But hasn't God spoken definitively in Scripture? Shouldn't we be able to arrive at a good and true interpretation?

Convinced that God wants us to understand his Word in all its literary genres, Dan McCartney and Charles Clayton have provided a thorough, readable introduction to biblical interpretation, now updated in this second edition to address post-modern approaches.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780875525167
  • Publisher: P&R Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 378
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: God's Word and Human Understanding: What Is the Problem? 1
Part 1 The Foundation of Understanding: Presuppositions 5
1. Truth, Language, and Sin 11
The Pillar of Understanding: Truth
The Vehicle of Understanding: Language
The Spoiler of Understanding: Sin
Summary
2. Knowing God: Presuppositions About the Bible and Creation 31
Is the Bible the Word of God?
Is the Bible True?
Is the Bible Coherent?
The Bible and the World
3. The Foundation and the Frame: Presuppositions and Interpretation 61
Presuppositions and Method
Tradition and the Church
The Holy Spirit: The Ultimate Interpreter
Part 2 Interpretation in Theory 79
4. The Church and Biblical Interpretation 83
The Early Church: Justin Martyr and Irenaeus
The Developing Church: Origen and Theodore
The Middle Ages: Aquinas
The Reformation: Luther and Calvin
The Modern Church: From Schleiermacher to Bultmann
The Literary Turn: From Literary Criticism to Postmodernism
Summary
5. The Grammatical-Historical Method: Knowing What It Meant 119
Meaning and Understanding: Semantics
Culture and Understanding
Context and Understanding
Genre and Understanding
6. Removing the Veil: From What It Meant to What It Means 159
History and Beyond
Typology and "Fuller Meaning"
The Bible Interprets Itself
Redemptive History and Present Application
Conclusion
Part 3 Interpretation in Practice 175
7. Studying God's Word 177
Spiritual Preparation
Analyzing Passages
Understanding the Bible on Its Own Terms
Priorities of Interpretation
Two Examples
8. Biblical Genres 223
Theological History
Law
Poetry
Prophecy
Parables
Epistles
Apocalyptic
9. The Bible in Worship and Witness 243
Scripture and Worship
Scripture and Witness
10. Scripture and Guidance 265
Guidance Needs to Be in Context
What Is "God's Will"?
Submission to God
Understanding God and His Ways
Understanding God's Sovereignty
Conclusion
Conclusion 289
Appendix A Where Is Meaning? 291
Authorial Intent
Autonomous Texts
Reader Response
Conclusion
Appendix B The Historical-Critical Method 303
General Description and Evaluation
"Scholarly" Methods
Notes 313
Index of Persons 365
Index of Scripture 371
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