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  • Hardcover: 325 pages
  • Publisher: David C Cook Publishing Company (13 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781438772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781438773
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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BASIC BIBLE INTERPRETATION Can the Bible really be understood? Are Old Testament prophecies relevant for today? How can I 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. 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, Conference Speaker Having taught and written in the area of hermeneutics for almost thirty 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 Semin

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Great book on hermeneutics 29 Dec. 2008
By A. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I just finished this book at the direction of my pastor and I am very glad I did. It was a very worthwhile read.

Now, the main reason I gave it four stars is that I am comparing it to "Grasping God's Word" by Duval and Hays which I consider a better treatment of the subject. The main difference is that Zuck lays out the pattern of observation, interpretation, application. Whereas Duval and Hays break interpretation into three steps: differences between then and now (river), crossing those differences (bridge), and what it means today (our town). Zuck has these three points but does not lay them out as clearly.

Also Zuck's book is very dense, while simultaneously not hard to read. Which is both good and bad. Zuck also gives point-blank analysis of why he considers dispensationalism more correct than covenant theology. If you are not aware of this debate this part will seem a bit odd, and if you are a covenant theologian you might be insulted. He does something similar with premillennialism compared to amillennialism and postmillennialism.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The Most Trusted Conservative Evangelical Tool for Interpreting Scripture Correctly 19 Dec. 2012
By Edward D. Andrews - Published on Amazon.com
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Zuck is the absolute best tool for conservative evangelicals, who want to stay within the realms of the grammatical-historical interpretation, and not the new hermeneutics that has destroyed the trustworthiness of Scripture. He covers the subject very well, and is easy to understand for the new Bible student/churchgoer. For those using other books in your seminary classes, which have abandoned grammatical-historical interpretation for the new hermeneutics, get this book too, and read it first. Do not wade into the deeper end of the pool without this life raft. After you have read this you should read others:

Evangelical Hermeneutics: The New Versus the Old by Robert L. Thomas
Objectivity in Biblical Interpretation by Thomas Howe
Protestant Biblical Interpretation by Bernard Ramm
Biblical Hermeneutics by Milton Spenser Terry
The Jesus Crisis by Robert L. Thomas

We live in a very dangerous age. The atheist, the Bible critic, the liberal "Christians" are all very savvy with their twisting of the Scriptures, which comes from the new hermeneutics, higher criticism, dynamic equivalent Bible translation, and much more. These books will give you the knowledge, understanding, and wisdom to not lose your faith that the Bible is the inspired, fully inerrant Word of God. If you think that you are so strong that they these dangerous ones will not affect your resolve, think again, because that thought is evidence of a lack of humility, and haughtiness is before the crash.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I love this book 10 Sept. 2011
By Edith Winters - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am going through seminary right now and studying hermeneutics. I absolutely LOVE this book. It is so interesting and relevant to those studying theology. It makes you think about aspects of the Bible you may never have thought of when interpreting. Bible interpretation is such a key component when studying and learning how to apply the Bible to our lives as well as growing closer to God. The key is seeking the meaning and not creating a meaning of your own as you read the Bible. It is dangerous how some people take the Bible and use it to create their own meaning beneficial to what message they want to send out, ignoring the truth that it really entails. With this book, I am learning that the Bible must be interpreted correctly in order to truly understand the meaning.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A Must for Every Bible Believing Christian! 26 May 2009
By Peter Humleker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I got this book because it is used for the Hermeneutics class at my Bible college. It's the second book I own on the subject and without a doubt my favorite. It's explains things in plain language and makes the topic very understandable. If you read and study this book you will be able to interpret the Bible correctly and it will really open up your eyes to many truths. I highly recommend it!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Basic Bible Interpretation by Zuck 26 Sept. 2011
By T. Hershberger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a great book. Very easy to read and understand and provides an in-depth explanatoin on how to interpret the Bible. Using it for my Master's course. Many eye-opening sections that made me aware of things in the Scriptures I was not even remotely aware of.
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