Let the Reader Understand: A Guide to Interpreting and Applying the Bible / Edition 2

Let the Reader Understand: A Guide to Interpreting and Applying the Bible / Edition 2

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Let the Reader Understand: A Guide to Interpreting and Applying the Bible / Edition 2

After laying the necessary foundation, Let the Reader Understand provides examples of how, and how not, to interpret Scripture. It suggests ways to understand the Bible’s various literary genres: theological history, law, poetry, prophecy, parables, epistles, and apocalyptic. And it demonstrates how to apply Scripture to worship, witness, and guidance. This new edition discusses trends and movements influencing biblical interpretation during the last ten years. The first edition was published by Victor Books in 1994.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780875525167
Publisher: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing
Publication date: 08/28/2002
Edition description: REV
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: God's Word and Human Understanding: What Is the Problem?1
Part 1The Foundation of Understanding: Presuppositions5
1.Truth, Language, and Sin11
The Pillar of Understanding: Truth
The Vehicle of Understanding: Language
The Spoiler of Understanding: Sin
2.Knowing God: Presuppositions About the Bible and Creation31
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 Interpretation61
Presuppositions and Method
Tradition and the Church
The Holy Spirit: The Ultimate Interpreter
Part 2Interpretation in Theory79
4.The Church and Biblical Interpretation83
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
5.The Grammatical-Historical Method: Knowing What It Meant119
Meaning and Understanding: Semantics
Culture and Understanding
Context and Understanding
Genre and Understanding
6.Removing the Veil: From What It Meant to What It Means159
History and Beyond
Typology and "Fuller Meaning"
The Bible Interprets Itself
Redemptive History and Present Application
Part 3Interpretation in Practice175
7.Studying God's Word177
Spiritual Preparation
Analyzing Passages
Understanding the Bible on Its Own Terms
Priorities of Interpretation
Two Examples
8.Biblical Genres223
Theological History
9.The Bible in Worship and Witness243
Scripture and Worship
Scripture and Witness
10.Scripture and Guidance265
Guidance Needs to Be in Context
What Is "God's Will"?
Submission to God
Understanding God and His Ways
Understanding God's Sovereignty
Appendix AWhere Is Meaning?291
Authorial Intent
Autonomous Texts
Reader Response
Appendix BThe Historical-Critical Method303
General Description and Evaluation
"Scholarly" Methods
Index of Persons365
Index of Scripture371

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