Grasping God’s Word has proven itself in classrooms across the country as an invaluable help to students who want to learn how to read, interpret, and apply the Bible for themselves. The third edition, revised based on feedback from professors, will continue to serve college-level students and lay learners well in their quest to gain a firm grasp on the rock of God’s word.
Old Testament scholar J. Daniel Hays and New Testament expert J. Scott Duvall provide practical, hands-on exercises to guide students through the interpretive process. To emphasize the Bible’s redemptive arc and encourage correlation across the canon, the authors have included a call to “cross into the rest of Scripture” as an additional step in the interpretive journey. This edition has also been rearranged for clarity and includes updated illustrations, appendices, bibliography, and assignments.
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“We observe how the theological principles in the biblical text address the original situation” (Page 263)
“Between the Old Testament biblical audience and Christian readers today lies a change in covenant.” (Page 40)
“Look for words that are unclear, puzzling, or difficult” (Page 167)
“We use the term application to refer to the response of the reader to the meaning of the inspired text.” (Page 236)
“There are two main approaches to translation: the formal approach (sometimes labeled ‘literal’ or ‘word-for-word’) and the functional approach (often called ‘idiomatic’ or ‘thought-for-thought’).” (Page 34)
. . . . a wonderfully user-friendly book for serious readers who desire to journey into the world of the Bible in order to better understand it and to live faithfully in today’s world.
—From the foreword by Kevin J. Vanhoozer
It leads students from the most fundamental building blocks of interpretation (including skills that most beginning students lack) through all the essential processes.
—Craig S. Keener, professor of New Testament, Eastern Seminary
J. Scott Duvall is professor of New Testament at Ouachita Baptist University. He is the coauthor with George H. Guthrie of Biblical Greek Exegesis: A Graded Approach to Learning Intermediate and Advanced Greek and with Terry G. Carter and J. Daniel Hays of the textbook Preaching God’s Word.
J. Daniel Hays is dean of the Pruet School of Christian Studies and professor of Old Testament at Ouachita Baptist University. He is the author of From Every People and Nation, and he has co-authored Grasping God’s Word; Preaching God’s Word; Journey into God’s Word; The Story of Israel: A Biblical Theology; Iraq: Babylon of the End Times?; Apocalypse; and The Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy