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Basic Bible Interpretation


David C. Cook 1991

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Can the Bible really be understood? Are Old Testament prophecies relevant for today? How can you understand the symbolism of the Book of Revelation? What is the relationship of the Old Testament to the New Testament?

Why study Bible interpretation? Dr. Roy Zuck points out that it is essential for understanding and teaching the Bible properly, essential as a step beyond observation, and essential for applying the Bible correctly. He discusses the challenges of Bible interpretation, considers the problems of Bible interpretation, explores the history of Bible interpretation, and defines key terms—all in a practical, down-to-earth way.

Though Dr. Zuck’s many years of teaching and scholarship are evident in this book, he has written in language understandable to all who are serious about Bible study and who want to know better what Scripture means.

Whether you’re a student, scholar, pastor, or professor, Basic Bible Interpretation provokes you to read the Bible honestly—to let it surprise, challenge, and correct you as you apply the many steps of interpretation. By using the tools included in Basic Bible Interpretation, you’ll approach Bible study with more depth and understanding. Integrate the practical methods found in this volume with your preferred Bible, the Passage Guide, and the other Bible study tools in Logos Bible Software—then dive into Bible study with a vast knowledge base right before your eyes.

Key Features

  • Emphasizes the importance of studying Bible interpretation
  • Explores the history of Bible interpretation
  • Presents key terms in an easy-to-understand format


  • The What and Why of Bible Interpretation
  • Bible Interpretation—Then and Now
  • Whose View Is Valid?
  • Bridging the Cultural Gap
  • Bridging the Grammatical Gap
  • Bridging the Literary Gap
  • Figures of Speech
  • Testing the Types and Sensing the Symbols
  • Probing the Parables and Analyzing the Allegories
  • Interpreting Prophecy
  • The Use of the Old Testament in the New Testament
  • Applying God’s Word Today

Praise for the Print Edition

At last! A book on hermeneutics you can understand. Dr. Zuck has drawn heavily on his many years of teaching in the seminary classroom to present an excellent treatise on biblical interpretation. While this book will be well received in the classroom, it is one that I will be wholeheartedly recommending to my congregation. While the scholarship is clearly present, it is nevertheless most readable and understandable by the average layperson. This book will make a valuable contribution to your ability to comprehend the Scriptures.

Louis A. Barbieri, chair of the Department of Theology, Moody Bible Institute of Chicago

Having taught and written in the area of hermeneutics for almost 30 years, I am convinced that there is no more important course in the seminary curriculum for training in the Scriptures. As Roy Zuck has so ably demonstrated, we cannot know the message of the Bible for today until we know its meaning. Dr. Zuck’s work is intensely biblical and comprehensive but at the same time it is simple and uncomplicated. This is a book we have needed for many years and I praise the Lord that it is now available.

Earl D. Radmacher, chancellor, professor of systematic theology, Western Seminary

Basic Bible Interpretation lives up to its title. It deals with the basics and doesn’t confuse the reader with extraneous material. It focuses on the Bible as the Word of God and handles that Word with ‘reverence and godly fear.’ It tells us how to interpret this marvelous Book, and even gives the reader opportunity to put the principles into practice. In every way, this book is a practical tool for the serious student who wants to study the Bible and apply its truths.

Warren W. Wiersbe, author, pastor, teacher

Product Details

  • Title: Basic Bible Interpretation: A Practical Guide to Discovering Biblical Truth
  • Author: Roy B. Zuck
  • Publisher: David C. Cook
  • Publication Date: 1991
  • Pages: 324

About Roy B. Zuck

Roy B. Zuck  (1932–2013)  was emeritus professor of Bible exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary where he served on faculty since 1973. Dr. Zuck wrote or edited more than 70 books on Christian education and biblical studies. He had edited Bibliotheca Sacra (Dallas Seminary’s theological journal) since 1986.

Sample Pages from the Print Edition