A Basic Guide to Interpreting the Bible

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-06-01
  • Publisher: Baker Academic

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In this accessible guide to interpreting the Bible, senior New Testament scholar Robert Stein helps readers identify various biblical genres, understand the meaning of biblical texts, and apply that meaning to contemporary life. This edition has been completely revised throughout to reflect Stein's current thinking and changes to the discipline over the past decade. Students of the Bible will find the book effective in group settings.Praise for the first edition"Stein's work is both a fine introduction to the task of biblical hermeneutics for the novice and an innovative refresher for the veteran teacher or pastor."--Faith & Mission

Author Biography

Robert H. Stein (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary), now retired, served as senior professor of New Testament interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of several books, including Mark in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Studying the Synoptic Gospels, Luke, and Jesus the Messiah.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Editionp. vii
Preface to the First Editionp. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The General Rules of Interpretation
Who Makes Up the Rules? An Introduction to Hermeneuticsp. 5
Defining the Rules: A Vocabulary for Interpretationp. 30
Can Anyone Play This Game? The Spirit and Biblical Interpretationp. 56
Different Games in the Same Book: Different Forms of Scripturep. 68
The Specific Rules for the Individual Games
The Game of Stories: Biblical Narrativep. 79
The Game of Rules: Covenants and Lawsp. 99
The Game of Rhythm: Poetryp. 109
The Game of Songs: Psalmsp. 124
The Game of Wisdom: Proverbsp. 131
The Game of Prediction: Prophecyp. 137
The Game of Jargon: Idiomsp. 152
The Game of Comparison: Parablesp. 158
The Game of Exaggeration: Overstatement and Hyperbolep. 174
The Game of Correspondence: Epistles and Lettersp. 189
Answer Key to Chapter 2 Exercisesp. 209
Answer Key to Chapter 3 Exercisesp. 211
Answer Key to Chapter 4 Exercisesp. 213
Glossaryp. 215
Select Bibliographyp. 217
Subject Indexp. 219
Scripture Indexp. 222
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