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Treasure the Word: A Layperson's Guide to Interpreting Scripture
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Treasure the Word: A Layperson's Guide to Interpreting Scripture


WPH 2009

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Sound interpretation of Scripture is the foundation of a Christ-centered, transformative ministry and the centerpiece of a vibrant spiritual life. This volume offers practical help for those seeking to interpret Scripture and apply it to their lives. This helpful book outlines a uniquely Wesleyan approach to Scripture interpretation, which emphasizes the importance of reason, tradition, and experience while maintaining awareness of the Holy Spirit's role in guiding the interpreter.

Practical chapters examine John Wesley's approach to interpreting Scripture, as well as important factors for interpretation such as genre, culture, language, theology, and story. The final section of the book demonstrates how to apply solid principles for Bible interpretation through a variety of examples that show both correct and incorrect uses of Scripture.

Gain a fresh appreciation for the treasures available to us in Scripture! All Scripture passages are linked to your favorite Bible translation in your library. With the advanced search features of Logos Bible Software, you can perform powerful searches by topic or Scripture reference—finding, for example, every mention of "interpretation" or "inspiration."

Key Features

  • Provides a Wesleyan approach to biblical interpretation
  • Addresses important factors for interpretation
  • Demonstrates how to apply various principles toward biblical interpretation


  • Part 1: A Wesleyan Context for Interpreting Scripture
    • "The Treasure of Scripture," by Stephen J. Lennox
    • "John Wesley's Bible Interpretation Principles," by Mark I. Weeter
    • "Reason, Tradition, and Experience in Bible Interpretation," by Mark I. Weeter
    • "The Unity and Coherence of Scripture," by Kenneth Schenck
  • Part 2: A Toolkit for Interpreting Scripture
    • "Genre," by Kelvin Friebel
    • "Culture," by Joseph Coleson
    • "Figurative Language," by Elaine Bernius
    • "Theology," by Christopher T. Bounds
    • "Inspiration," by Gareth Lee Cockerill
    • "Progressive Revelation," by D. Darek Jarmola
  • Part 3: A Wesleyan Approach to Interpreting Scripture
    • "Language," by David L. Thompson
    • "Gold into Pyrite, Mostly," by various authors

Praise for the Print Edition

I believe through Treasure the Word we will renew our vision of God's redemptive plan and purpose in the universe and our place as His people in this plan. It is my prayer that we will restore our courage in God's presence and Word to move into some of the most difficult and dark places of this world to bring His healing and hope. God is calling us today, as well as giving us the tools.

—Jo Anne Lyon, General Superintendent, The Wesleyan Church

Product Details

  • Title: Treasure the Word: A Layperson's Guide to Interpreting Scripture
  • Editor: Joseph Coleson
  • Publisher: Wesleyan Publishing House
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 194

About Joseph Coleson

Joseph Coleson is Professor of Old Testament at Nazarene Theological Seminary and an ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church.

Sample Pages from the Print Edition