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Irving L. Jensen Collection (24 vols.)
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Overview

Irving Jensen is a well-known proponent of inductive Bible study. Through this method, Jensen advances a three-pronged approach to reading the Bible that helps any reader observe what the Bible text says, interpret its meaning, and discover practical applications of the text.

The Irving L. Jensen Collection includes over a dozen titles from Jensen’s popular Do-It-Yourself Bible Studies series where he takes you through each book sentence-by-sentence to interpret the Bible text and learn how to ask the right questions. You’ll gain confidence in your ability to interpret the Bible as you pursue this method. This collection also includes several practical volumes on how to apply Jensen’s inductive approach to either your personal or group Bible study. Pastors will gain insights for organizing their Bible studies and laymen will find personal Bible reading both enjoyable and fruitful.

In the Logos editions, these volumes are enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

For more insight into inductive Bible study, check out Inductive Bible Study: A Comprehensive Guide to the Practice of Hermeneutics.

Key Features

  • Provides practical advice for personal Bible study, interpretation, and application
  • Increases confidence in the ability to approach the Bible and gain meaningful insight
  • Includes charts, maps, diagrams, and explanations on each biblical book covered

Product Details

Individual Titles

1 Corinthians

  • Author: Irving L. Jensen
  • Series: Do-It-Yourself Bible Studies
  • Publisher: Here’s Life Publishers
  • Publication Date: 1983
  • Pages: 100

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In this volume, respected scholar and author Irving Jensen explores the solutions to church problems as diagnosed by the apostle Paul in the book of 1 Corinthians. He moves carefully through each sentence of Paul’s letter to provide a path for inductive Bible study, paying particular attention to what the Bible says, what it means, and how it applies to Christians today. Through thought-provoking questions and thorough explanations, Jensen provides a valuable tool for both individual and group study.

2 Corinthians

  • Author: Irving L. Jensen
  • Series: Jensen Bible Self-Study Guide
  • Publisher: Moody
  • Publication Date: 1972
  • Pages: 107

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The church in Corinth was a problem for the apostle Paul. With a clear view of godliness balanced with an attitude of love and humility, he gently admonished them and corrected them by means of a letter—1 Corinthians, and followed up with 2 Corinthians. This self-study guide will help you understand the contents of that second epistle, which includes personal glimpses from Paul’s life, encouragement in stewardship, and a defense of his apostolic authority.

A Personal Portrait: David—A Man after God’s Own Heart

  • Author: Irving L. Jensen
  • Series: Do-It-Yourself Bible Studies
  • Publisher: Here’s Life Publishers
  • Publication Date: 1988
  • Pages: 62

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Irving Jensen guides you through David’s life with an eye to the questions in our own hearts. In David—A Man after God’s Own Heart Jensen follows David from shepherd boy to King of Israel—offering insights into how David slew the spiritual, emotional, and physical giants in his life.

A Personal Portrait: Ruth & Mary—Women of Courage

  • Author: Irving L. Jensen
  • Series: Do-It-Yourself Bible Studies
  • Publisher: Here’s Life Publishers
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 72

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In this do-it-yourself study, you’ll take an in-depth look into the lives of two of the Bible’s most interesting women—Ruth and Mary. As you study the characters of these courageous women, you’ll discover how Ruth and Mary’s devotion and obedience to God in the midst of opposing circumstances brought honor to him and favor in their own lives—and in the lives of others.

Acts

  • Author: Irving L. Jensen
  • Series: Do-It-Yourself Bible Studies
  • Publisher: Here’s Life Publishers
  • Publication Date: 1984
  • Pages: 119

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Through this do-it-yourself study, Irving Jensen presents the exciting mission of Christianity as revealed in the book of Acts. Moving through the book line by line, Jensen encourages the reader to spend time soaking in God’s Word, to be hungry for spiritual food, and to depend on the Holy Spirit for guidance. With Jensen as a guide, readers can examine the Word of God in Acts and explore what difference it makes in their lives.

General Epistles (James, Peter, John, Jude)

  • Author: Irving L. Jensen
  • Series: Do-It-Yourself Bible Studies
  • Publisher: Here’s Life Publishers
  • Publication Date: 1988
  • Pages: 134

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Irving Jensen presents historic facts and themes of the General Epistles—James; 1 and 2 Peter; 1, 2, and 3 John; and Jude—as he painstakingly moves through all seven letters. Using his inductive approach, he encourages you to reflect on the purpose of each letter, what needs they were written to address in the early church, and how those same needs resonate in the church—and your life—today.

Genesis

  • Author: Irving L. Jensen
  • Series: Do-It-Yourself Bible Studies
  • Publisher: Here’s Life Publishers
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 111

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In 45 study units on the book of Genesis, Irving Jensen provides valuable insight into the book of beginnings. Genesis recounts God’s first interactions with humanity, starting at the moment of creation and concluding with the life of Joseph. Throughout the study readers discover again and again how God’s unfailing love and faithfulness brought about tremendous works in the lives of his people—and how that love and faithfulness applies to Christians today.

Hebrews and the Pastoral Epistles

  • Author: Irving L. Jensen
  • Series: Do-It-Yourself Bible Studies
  • Publisher: Here’s Life Publishers
  • Publication Date: 1989
  • Pages: 139

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In this volume of Irving Jensen’s popular Do-It-Yourself Bible Study series, he tackles the letter to the Hebrews and the Pastoral Epistles. With Jensen as a guide, readers will learn more about Jesus as savior and intercessor through Hebrews and can learn how to serve effectively in their local churches through the Pastoral Epistles. Jensen encourages independent reflection and openness to what God is saying through these significant epistles.

How to Use Irving Jensen’s Do-It-Yourself Bible Studies as an Adult Elective or Home Bible Study

  • Author: Irving L. Jensen
  • Series: Do-It-Yourself Bible Studies
  • Publisher: Here’s Life Publishers
  • Publication Date: 1985
  • Pages: 13

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This volume shows you how to use the Do-It-Yourself Bible Study series in a variety of settings. Whether you are conducting a Bible study group, a Sunday school class, or any other type of group study, this book provides the structure to facilitate your planning. It offers suggestions for leading a class session, gives a variety of checklists to strengthen preparedness, and breaks down the units into a helpful quarterly schedule. The tools Jensen provides are useful for not only his own series but also for any other group study.

John

  • Author: Irving L. Jensen
  • Series: Do-It-Yourself Bible Studies
  • Publisher: Here’s Life Publishers
  • Publication Date: 1983
  • Pages: 161

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An ideal book for individual and group study of John’s Gospel, Irving Jensen’s John discusses historical background, illustrates major themes, provides information on the book’s overall structure, and much more. With a keen eye for thoughtful discussion and reflection, Jensen helps Christians read through John, engage with the text as it was written, and apply those insights to the present day.

Luke

  • Author: Irving L. Jensen
  • Series: Do-It-Yourself Bible Studies
  • Publisher: Here’s Life Publishers
  • Publication Date: 1988
  • Pages: 128

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In this volume, Irving Jensen presents the moving story of Jesus as the Son of Man among men, who offers salvation to all. He uses this inductive, sentence-by-sentence Bible study to illustrate how Luke reveals the tender heart of Jesus throughout his gospel. This clear analysis helps readers examine the biblical text and apply it to their own lives.

Mark

  • Author: Irving L. Jensen
  • Series: Do-It-Yourself Bible Studies
  • Publisher: Here’s Life Publishers
  • Publication Date: 1983
  • Pages: 118

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Through his preferred inductive method of biblical study, popular author Irving Jensen takes you through the Gospel of Mark with the goal of bringing you to a greater knowledge and love of God. He provides copious background information on Mark to set the stage, encourages you to see the message of the text, and helps you reflect on how Mark’s message impacts your life today.

Matthew

  • Author: Irving L. Jensen
  • Series: Do-It-Yourself Bible Studies
  • Publisher: Here’s Life Publishers
  • Publication Date: 1986
  • Pages: 125

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This profoundly readable and engaging study presents the first-person account of Jesus’ life as seen by the publican whom Jesus called to be his disciple. Matthew’s Gospel is the historical connecting link between the Old and New Testaments. As you move through all 28 chapters, you will find Matthew quoting the Old Testament often to show Jesus as the fulfillment of its types and prophecies. Jensen escorts you through the text and asks questions that reveal how God provided answers to the first Jewish believers about the identity of Jesus.

Prison Epistles (Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians) / 1 & 2 Thessalonians

  • Author: Irving L. Jensen
  • Series: Do-It-Yourself Bible Studies
  • Publisher: Here’s Life Publishers
  • Publication Date: 1987
  • Pages: 114

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Using detailed background information, this volume of Irving Jensen’s Do-It-Yourself Bible Study series navigates through Paul’s prison epistles as well as his letters to the Thessalonians. With thought-provoking study questions and explanatory notes, this book provides a great start for any group or individual Bible study.

Psalms

  • Author: Irving L. Jensen
  • Series: Do-It-Yourself Bible Studies
  • Publisher: Here’s Life Publishers
  • Publication Date: 1989
  • Pages: 112

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This do-it-yourself Bible study provides a complete overview of the longest book of the Bible. Author Irving Jensen offers insight into the Psalms as you study the names and nature of God and the character of David—both the humble shepherd boy and the king of Israel. Beginning with the first chapter, you’ll analyze each Psalm to discover how the Word of God applies to our contemporary world.

Revelation

  • Author: Irving L. Jensen
  • Series: Do-It-Yourself Bible Studies
  • Publisher: Here’s Life Publishers
  • Publication Date: 1985
  • Pages: 110

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The Book of Revelation can often be intimidating and confusing to the average reader. Irving Jensen’s volume on Revelation equips readers to study the end times through his careful explanations and practical Bible study reflection questions. Revelation is profitable and enjoyable for both individual and group study.

The Wisdom Books (Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon)

  • Author: Irving L. Jensen
  • Series: Do-It-Yourself Bible Studies
  • Publisher: Here’s Life Publishers
  • Publication Date: 1992
  • Pages: 110

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Learn about how timeless and universal the Bible is through Irving Jensen’s analysis of the wisdom books. This do-it-yourself Bible study provides valuable insight into perplexing issues by studying the major themes of four Old Testament books. In Job, we see that trials are tests of trusting God. In Proverbs, we discover that the righteous life is fearing God. In Ecclesiastes, we recognize that the total life is knowing God. Lastly, in Song of Solomon, we understand that the happy life is loving God. These themes and more are brought to the surface in this thorough analysis of the wisdom literature.

Acts: An Inductive Study

  • Author: Irving L. Jensen
  • Publisher: Moody
  • Publication Date: 1968
  • Pages: 241

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Following the patterns he set forth in Independent Bible Study, Irving L. Jensen presents a manual for a personal, analytical study of the book of Acts. The method is simple but proven, and it uses simple tools—the Bible, the reader, some paper, and a pencil. Its purpose is to train the reader to see for himself what Luke wrote and how he wrote it. By capturing insights into the miracle of the first-century church, readers will be challenged to become more involved in the mission of the church today.

Enjoy Your Bible: Making the Most of Your Time with God’s Word

  • Author: Irving L. Jensen
  • Publisher: Harold Shaw Publishers
  • Publication Date: 1992
  • Pages: 129

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Many Christians think they can’t discover truths from God’s Word on their own, so they rely solely on “second-hand” Bible knowledge through sermons, books, and audio recordings. Irving Jensen’s Enjoy Your Bible is a confidence-builder, showing readers that they have the necessary tools for pursuing self-directed Bible study. It is also a motivator, as Jensen encourages his readers to explore God’s Word and shares his own enthusiasm for Bible study.

How to Profit from Bible Reading

  • Author: Irving L. Jensen
  • Publisher: Moody
  • Publication Date: 1985
  • Pages: 155

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God gave us one book, and he wrote it for us to study, to analyze, and to live in accordance with it. The Bible is a large book made of 66 smaller books, written by about 39 authors over a period of 1,500 years. To read and study such a volume would seem impossible, but God has given us a lifetime.

Irving Jensen, well-known author and Bible teacher, knows the importance of a lifetime of Bible reading. In How to Profit from Bible Reading, he shares how to read a passage or book of the Bible and come away with a greater knowledge of what the writer intended.

Independent Bible Study

  • Author: Irving L. Jensen
  • Edition: Revised
  • Publisher: Moody
  • Publication Date: 1992
  • Pages: 153

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Few things are more important for a Christian than understanding the Bible. The Bible focuses the believer’s attention on the work of Christ and is God’s revelation to mankind. It tells us what we need to know to grow as Christians and become influential for Christ’s cause in our neighborhoods and communities.

Unfortunately, many are unsure about how to study the Bible and keep that study exciting and relevant. To address such needs, Irving Jensen provides help. Using the inductive method of Bible study and an analytical chart to map out the richness of the Bible, he shows how reading God’s Word can be the highlight of your day. God’s design of the Bible is so simple a child can understand much of it, yet so complex that even the greatest scholars can be challenged by it for a lifetime. But just as the traveler must learn to read a road map before he begins a trip, so a Christian should know something about methods of Bible study if his time in the Word is to be consistent and life-changing. Through this book, Jensen makes reading that map much easier.

Journey of the Bible: The Remarkable Story of How the Bible Came from God to You

  • Author: Irving L. Jensen
  • Publisher: World Wide Publications
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 128

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In this volume, Irving Jensen takes his readers along the Bible’s amazing journey while answering common questions about the Bible. Journey of the Bible covers the origins of the Bible, the canonization of the 66 books, and explores the process of translation. Jensen writes simply in order to communicate the Bible’s incredible “life story” to even the youngest Bible student with the goal of bringing his readers to deeper faith.

The Layman’s Bible Study Notebook: An Inductive Bible Study of the New Testament

  • Author: Irving L. Jensen
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publications
  • Publication Date: 1978
  • Pages: 1,062

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The Layman’s Bible Study Notebook is designed to help readers experience the joy of a fruitful daily or weekly Bible learning experience. This volume is a practical year-long Bible study with workable units of material arranged alongside the familiar King James Version and The Living Bible paraphrase of the New Testament.

Readers can study each book of the New Testament at their own pace. This volume teaches the inductive method of study, which helps readers apply the truth of God’s Word to daily life. Each study includes questions, topical headings and a simple outline, and there is a helpful introduction to each New Testament book. The Layman’s Bible Study Notebook is perfect for personal study, group study, personal devotions, or as a supplemental study aid for other Bible study groups.

Simply Understanding the Bible

  • Author: Irving L. Jensen
  • Publisher: World Wide Publications
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 302

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Irving Jensen believes Christians often fail to enjoy their Bible because they rely too much on second-hand results of other people’s study. However, it is important for Christians to study God’s Word for themselves. Simply Understanding the Bible offers three levels at which to approach do-it-yourself Bible study. The “Getting Started” level provides helpful background information on each book of the Bible. Readers who want to survey the Bible quickly may then follow the “First Reading” level through the 66 books. Lastly, those willing to spend more time in Bible study can use the “Building Tools” level where readers can get started on their own programs of personal discovery in God’s Word.

About Irving L. Jensen

Irving L. Jensen (1920-1996) was professor emeritus and former chairman of the Department of Bible at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee. He was a widely read and respected author who wrote numerous popular study books geared towards an inductive approach to Scripture.