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How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth

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Zondervan 1993

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Understanding the Bible isn’t for the few, the gifted, the scholarly. The Bible is accessible. It’s meant to be read and comprehended by everyone from armchair readers to biblical scholars, and everyone in between. A few essential insights into the Bible can clear up a lot of misconceptions and help you grasp the meaning of Scripture and its application to your 21st-century life.

More than half a million people have turned to How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth to inform their reading of the Bible. This third edition features substantial revisions that keep pace with current scholarship, resources, and culture. Changes include:

  • Updated language
  • A new authors’ preface
  • Several chapters rewritten for better readability
  • Updated list of recommended commentaries and resources

Covering everything from translational concerns to different genres of biblical writing, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth is used all around the world. In clear, simple language, it helps you accurately understand the different parts of the Bible—their meaning for ancient audiences and their implications for you today—so you can uncover the inexhaustible worth that is in God’s Word.

Key Features

  • Index of names
  • Appendix on the use of commentaries
  • Chapters on every genre in the Bible
  • All Scripture references linked to the Bibles in your library

Praise for the Print Edition

A very useful reference book for the layperson who is engaged in study of the Bible.


. . . Provides keys to interpreting the genre, and discusses the hermeneutical questions it raises for today’s Christians.

New Testament Abstracts

This is a book about hermeneutics, without jargon or footnotes. It is very readable and makes good sense. . . . Carefully thought out and written.

Journal for the Study of the Old Testament

. . . A readable, clear, and well-written book on hermeneutics.

Christian Standard

Fee and Stuart have delineated the hermeneutical principles for the valid interpretation of the variety of literary genres found in Scripture. Fee and Stuart fulfill the objectives they set for themselves admirably. A book with this focus meets an obvious need.

Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

. . . Stimulating in helping the earnest Bible student understand the Old and New Testaments better.

The Preacher’s Magazine

. . . Makes significant advances over most other books of the genre and which is certain to be highly useful.


. . . Will be a blessing to all who want to enjoy the Bible. . . . A ‘must’ for all who are bothered about angels, trumpets, earthquakes, beasts, dragons, and bottomless pits.

The Presbyterian Record

Product Details

  • Title: How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth
  • Authors: Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 288

About the Authors

Gordon D. Fee is professor of New Testament at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Douglas Stuart is professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

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