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Wisdom for Faithful Reading: Principles and Practices for Old Testament Interpretation

ISBN: 9781514004883


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The church has too often lost its way in reading the Old Testament for lack of sound principles of interpretation. When careless habits get us off track, we can lose sight of what the Bible is really saying, derailing our own spiritual growth and even risking discredit to God’s word.

We need a consistent approach to give us confidence as faithful interpreters. In Wisdom for Faithful Reading, the trusted Old Testament scholar John Walton lays out his tried-and-true best practices developed over four decades in the classroom. His principles are memorable, practical, and enlightening, including:

The Bible is written for us, but not to us.

Reading the Bible instinctively is not reliable and risks imposing a foreign perspective on the text.

More important than what the characters do is what the narrator does with the characters and what God is doing through the characters.

Not everything has a “biblical view.”

Along with identifying common missteps, Walton’s insights point the way to stay focused on what the Old Testament text communicated to its original audience—and what it has to say for us today. When we submit ourselves to be accountable to the authors' intentions we experience the true authority of Scripture, and faithful reading fuels a faithful life.

Using numerous examples across the breadth of the Old Testament and its genres, Walton equips thoughtful Christians to read more knowledgeably, to pay attention to God’s plans and purposes, to recognize good interpretations, and to truly live in light of Scripture. You may never read the Old Testament the same way again.

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  • Lays out his tried-and-true best practices developed over four decades in the classroom
  • Provides a consistent approach to give us confidence as faithful interpreters
  • Equips thoughtful Christians to read more knowledgeably
  • Part I. General Principles
  • Part II: Genre Guidelines
  • Part II: Genre Guidelines
  • Part III: A Way Forward
  • Title: Wisdom for Faithful Reading: Principles and Practices for Old Testament Interpretation
  • Author: John H. Walton
  • Publisher: IVP Academic
  • Print Publication Date: 2023
  • Logos Release Date: 2023
  • Pages: 226
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Reader Edition
  • Subject: Bible. O.T. › Criticism, interpretation, etc
  • ISBNs: 9781514004883, 9781514004876, 1514004887, 1514004879
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2023-03-06T19:35:35Z

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John H. Walton

Dr. John H. Walton, professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College, spent 20 years teaching at Moody Bible Institute.

In his college years, he developed a passion for archaeology and Bible history. Instead of training to be an archaeologist, though, he focused his attention on studies comparing the culture and literature of the Bible and the ancient Near East. He has never lost his fascination with this subject, but comparative studies only provide one of the means by which he tries to get people excited about the Old Testament. He’s saddened by how little exposure to and understanding of the Old Testament many Christians have, but he’s passionate in doing whatever he can to remedy this spiritual and theological loss.

For 25 years, Dr. Walton was active at South Park Church in Park Ridge, Illinois—teaching at every level, from adults through preschool. He’s driven by the desire to offer people a greater familiarity with God’s Word and a greater confidence in understanding God’s revelation of himself in its pages. Since moving to Wheaton, he has gotten involved in the same areas of ministry at Glen Ellyn Bible Church.

Whether in teaching or writing, he’s constantly challenged in his own life because the material he’s presenting stretches him as much as it stretches his students and readers. Whatever he’s writing or teaching also has a way of infiltrating his family. His wife, Kim, was trained as a biochemist, which made for interesting dinner conversations—especially when he was working on his Genesis commentary. His three kids have often gotten involved in the discussions, and he’s had fun responding to them and seeing his family grow together.


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    Digital list price: $26.00
    Save $6.01 (23%)