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

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Grasping God's Word has proven itself in classrooms across the country as an invaluable help to students who want to learn how to read, interpret, and apply the Bible for themselves. The third edition, revised based on feedback from professors, will continue to serve college-level students and lay learners well in their quest to gain a firm grasp on the rock of God's word.Old Testament scholar J. Daniel Hays and New Testament expert J. Scott Duvall provide practical, hands-on exercises to guide students through the interpretive process. To emphasize the Bible's redemptive arc and encourage correlation across the canon, the authors have included a call to 'cross into the rest of Scripture' as an additional step in the Interpretive Journey. This edition has also been rearranged for clarity and includes updated illustrations, appendices, bibliography, and assignments.A website for professors offers extensive teaching materials, and an accompanying revised workbook (Grasping God's Word Workbook---sold separately) gives students additional practice in reading and interpreting the Bible.

Author Biography

J. Scott Duvall (PhD. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) and J. Daniel Hays (ThM. Dallas Theological Seminary; PhD. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) serve as professors at Ouachita Baptist University, specializing in New Testament (Scott) and Old Testament (Danny). The authors of numerous books, they have also written Living God's Word and (together with Terry G. Carter) Preaching God's Word.

Table of Contents

Forewordsp. 9
Preface to the Third Editionp. 13
Preface to the Second Editionp. 15
Preface to the First Editionp. 16
Acknowledgmentsp. 20
How to Read the Book-Basic Tools
Bible Translationsp. 23
The Interpretive Journeyp. 39
How to Read the Book-Sentencesp. 51
How to Read the Book-Paragraphsp. 59
How to Read the Book-Discoursesp. 91
Contexts-Now and Then
The Historical-Cultural Contextp. 115
What Do We Bring to the Text?p. 137
The Literary Contextp. 149
Word Studiesp. 163
Meaning and Application
Who Controls the Meaning?p. 191
Levels of Meaningp. 203
The Role of the Holy Spiritp. 225
Applicationp. 235
The Interpretive Journey-New Testament
New Testament-Lettersp. 251
New Testament-Gospelsp. 269
New Testament-Actsp. 291
New Testament-Revelationp. 309
The Interpretive Journey-Old Testament
Old Testament-Narrativep. 333
Old Testament-Lawp. 355
Old Testament-Poetryp. 373
Old Testament-Prophetsp. 397
Old Testament-Wisdomp. 421
Inspiration and Canonp. 443
Writing an Exegetical Paperp. 455
Building a Personal Libraryp. 459
Scripture Indexp. 493
Subject Indexp. 501
Author Indexp. 505
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