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

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

by J. Scott Duvall, J. Daniel Hays


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The widely used Grasping God’s Word, now in a revised third edition, teaches the foundational principles and tools of biblical interpretation. J. Scott Duvall, who specializes in New Testament studies, and Old Testament scholar J. Daniel Hays survey numerous biblical passages, demonstrating solid interpretive strategies for understanding the Bible. This workbook is designed to use alongside the Grasping God’s Word textbook, following its structure with activities that offer additional practice for all the elements of faithful scholarship as they are presented. College-level students and other serious learners will have the opportunity to try out their interpretive skills by applying them to specific genres and contexts. Both Grasping God’s Word and Grasping God’s Word Workbook treat Scripture as the solid rock of Christian faith, one that students will grip more easily when they know how to read it, how to interpret it, and how to apply it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310492597
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 05/08/2012
Edition description: Workbook
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 246,008
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

J. Daniel Hays doctor en filossofia de Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary es decano de la Pruet School of Christian Studies y profesor de Antiguo Testamento e interpretacion biblica en la Ouachita Baptist University. Es el autor de From Every People and Nation, y coautor de Grasping God's Word, Preaching God's Word, Irag: Babylon of the End-Times, Apocalypse y del Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy. Imparte clases de adultos en la Escuela Dominical de su iglesia local en Arkadelphia, Arkansas, y predica a menudo en toda la region.

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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 © 2005 J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-310-26223-2

Chapter One

How to Read the Book-Basic Tools

1 The Interpretive Journey

Name__________________ Date____________

Assignment 1-1

Describe the four steps of the Interpretive Journey.

Step 1:

Step 2:

Step 3:

Step 4:

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Assignment 1-2

What are the guidelines for developing theological principles?






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Assignment 1-3

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

How to Read the Book-Sentences 2

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Assignment 2-1

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 deep! 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.




4. 5.



8. 9.
















25. 26.





Extra 1.

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Use another sheet of paper if you have more.

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Assignment 2-2

Make as many observations as you can on 1 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.


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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition

PART 1: How to Read the Book—Basic Tools
1. Bible Translations [previously chapter 9]
2. The Interpretive Journey
3. How to Read the Book—Sentences
4. How to Read the Book—Paragraphs
5. How to Read the Book—Discourses
PART 2: Contexts—Now and Then
6. The Historical-Cultural Context
7. What Do We Bring to the Text?
8. The Literary Context
9. Word Studies
PART 3: Meaning and Application
10. Who Controls the Meaning?
11. Levels of Meaning
12. The Role of the Holy Spirit
13. Application
PART 4: The Interpretive Journey—New Testament
14. New Testament—Letters
15. New Testament—Gospels
16. New Testament—Acts
17. New Testament—Revelation
PART 5: The Interpretive Journey—Old Testament
18. Old Testament—Narrative
19. Old Testament—Law
20. Old Testament—Poetry
21. Old Testament—Prophets
22. Old Testament—Wisdom
Appendix 1: Inspiration and Canon
Appendix 2: Writing an Exegetical Paper
Appendix 3: Building a Personal Library [replace with website?]
Scripture Index
Subject Index

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