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

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

by David R. Bauer, Robert A. Traina

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Following up Robert Traina's classic Methodical Bible Study, this book introduces the practice of inductive Bible study to a new generation of students, pastors, and church leaders. The authors, two seasoned educators with over sixty combined years of experience in the classroom, offer guidance on adopting an inductive posture and provide step-by-step instructions on how to do inductive Bible study. They engage in conversation with current hermeneutical issues, setting forth well-grounded principles and processes for biblical interpretation and appropriation. The process they present incorporates various methods of biblical study to help readers hear the message of the Bible on its own terms.

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ISBN-13: 9781441214515
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 462
Sales rank: 938,235
File size: 4 MB

About 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 a member of the executive committee of the Institute for Biblical Research and the author of several books, including An Annotated Guide to Biblical Resources for Ministry. Robert A. Traina (PhD, Drew University), now retired, was professor of English Bible at The Biblical Seminary in New York and at Asbury Theological Seminary for over forty years. He lives in Wilmore, Kentucky.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Eugene Peterson


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


Appendix A: General Discussion of Induction and Deduction

Appendix B: Presuppositions in Contemporary Hermeneutical Discussion

Appendix C: Selectivity

Appendix D: The Use of Original-Language Resources

Appendix E: Critical Methods in Inductive Bible Study

Appendix F: Logical Outlines


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