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A Basic Guide to Interpreting the Bible: Playing by the Rules
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A Basic Guide to Interpreting the Bible: Playing by the Rules


Baker 1994

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No one can read the Bible for long before wondering what the Bible “means” and who or what determines that meaning. Moreover, no on can read the Bible without possessing some purpose in reading.

This book, in practical and nontechnical terms, guides readers in discovering what the goal of reading the Bible should be and how they can achieve this goal for themselves. The author promises that they will acquire “an interpretive framework that will help them understand better the meaning of biblical texts and how to apply that meaning to their own life situation.”

Along the way, readers learn what is at stake in such issues as inspiration, inerrancy, continuing revelation, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Their study will be facilitated by exercises and discussion questions, as well as a comprehensive glossary.

Save more when you purchase this book as part of the Baker Hermeneutics Collection (14 vols.)!

Praise for the Print Edition

The treatment is devout, sane, and well informed. . . The book will give light to those who are troubled at most of the passages discussed.

—John Wenham, Christian Arena

The quality of this study is academically high. The study of this little book will profit almost any mature Christian.

—L. Russ Bush, Southwestern Journal of Theology

Anyone who has tried to provide sanity and order to the hermeneutical montage that surfaces during home Bible studies will welcome this eminently readable book by Robert Stein. He writes for those new to the field of biblical interpretation, avoiding wherever possible technical terms and jargon, and clearly defining his terms when such language is unavoidable. . . What the reader will find helpful, especially when using this book for teaching purposes, is its numerous scriptural examples, timely illustrations and clarifying schematics. Teacher and student are served by the discussion questions at the end of each chapter. . . Stein has given us a most illuminating and helpful tool for guiding students of the Bible to a clear path leading to a more accurate interpretation and application of the Scriptures.

—James D. Hernando, Encounter Journal

Product Details

  • Title: A Basic Guide to Interpreting the Bible: Playing by the Rules
  • Author: Robert H. Stein
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Pages: 224

About Robert H. Stein

Robert H. Stein (Ph. D., Princeton Theological Seminary) was most recently senior professor of New Testament interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He previously taught at Bethel Seminary. A world-renowned scholar of the Synoptic Gospels, Stein has published several books, including Luke, A Basic Guide to Interpreting the Bible, Studying the Synoptic Gospels, and Jesus the Messiah.