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Interpreting the God-Breathed Word: How to Read and Study the Bible
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Interpreting the God-Breathed Word: How to Read and Study the Bible


Baker Academic 2018

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Christians often affirm that “Scripture is God’s Word.” But what do they truly mean by this affirmation, and why should it radically change the way they read and study Scripture? If Scripture is God’s Word, it is necessarily the God-breathed Word of who God is: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Over the past few decades, a number of evangelical theologians and biblical scholars have become convinced that responsible biblical hermeneutics must, to some extent, pivot on the notion that the Bible is a form of divine communication. This biblical interpretation textbook provides an accessible introduction to the latest approaches in evangelical hermeneutics. Having many years’ experience teaching hermeneutics to undergraduates, Robbie Castleman explains complex themes in an engaging way. She addresses all the current schools of thought in contemporary evangelical hermeneutics and incorporates recent important trends in biblical interpretation.

Interpreting the God-Breathed Word helps students recognize the living Word as they read and study Scripture as an act of being engaged by the triune God of grace who breathed and still breathes “the Word of the Lord.” The book will also appeal to pastors and Bible study leaders.

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Key Features

  • Explores how to see the big picture of the Bible and how to interpret and interact with it
  • Offers an introduction to the latest approaches in hermeneutics and interpretation


  • Introduction
  • Hearing Scripture: What Does the Text Say and How Does It Say It?
  • Once upon a Time: Hearing Scripture as Story
  • The First Voice: Faith Comes by Hearing
  • The Second Voice: Hearing through the Ears of the First Audience
  • The Third Voice: Responding to the God-Breathed Word
  • Meditation in a Canonical Toolshed: Seeing the Light by the Light
  • Conclusion: Wisdom—Participation in the God-Breathed Word

Praise for the Print Edition

Castleman offers clear and concise guidance for disciples embarking on the journey of reading and applying the God-breathed word to their lives. By directing our attention to observing the text itself—the genre and canonical shape of the Old and New Testaments—while at the same time tuning our ears to hear the voice of the Triune God in Scripture, Castleman gives readers a guide as wise as it is accessible for profitable reading. Take up and read this excellent, theologically careful introduction to interpretation, but more, take up the God-breathed word it points to throughout.

Darian Lockett, associate professor of biblical and theological studies, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

In Interpreting the God-Breathed Word, Robbie Castleman draws readers into a transformative engagement with Scripture. Castleman sets the Bible in the context of God's overall revelation, including creation, the history of Israel and the early church, the various literary genres through which that revelation is expressed (with particular attention to the Gospels), the canon, and the role that our contemporary setting plays in understanding God's word. This clear, practical, and informative book will help all Scripture readers.

James R. Edwards, Bruner-Welch Professor Emeritus of Theology, Whitworth University

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About Robbie F. Castleman

Robbie F. Castleman (DMin, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary) is professor emeritus of biblical studies at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. She is the author of Story-Shaped Worship: Following Patterns from the Bible and History; New Testament Essentials: Father, Son, Spirit, and Kingdom; Parenting in the Pew: Guiding Your Children into the Joy of Worship; and a number of successful Bible study guides.

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