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How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth [Paperback]

Gordon D. Fee , Douglas Stuart
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Dec 1983
This volume guides readers in understanding the literary dimensions of the Bible by incorporating techniques for interpreting Scripture, while it also maintains faithfulness to literary genres.
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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Scripture Union Publishing (Dec 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0862011957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0862011956
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 433,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The primary task of Bible study is to determine what the Scriptures meant at the time they were written and how that meaning applies to us today. This vital guide focuses on the historical contexts of the Bible and explains differences between the Old Testament narratives, the Epistles, Gospels, Parables, Psalms and more. It's a practical approach to Bible study -- one that makes good sense and is easy to understand. This new edition includes, among other changes, a new section on the Song of Songs and an updated list of recommended commentaries and resources. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for Bible scholars 25 July 2008
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This book is an excellent guide to how and how not to use your Bible. It is a useful resource for the preacher, giving many helpful hints into expository and experimental teaching.

If you don't believe me, the back caver material is provided by FF Bruce, one of Britain's leading evangelical theologians of the 20th Century. He says 'I do not remember reading any other book which gave so much help in the answering of these questions (concerning Biblical meaning and relevance) as this one does.'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hermeneutically and exegetically sound 4 Jan 2002
By E. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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If you wondered what the words in the title mean, they are longer words to say "proper interpretation." Of course, you can interpret things any way you want, especially in this Post-Modern day and age. However, not every interpretation is valid and true, as Fee and Stuart point out in their book. Out of the 3 or 4 books that I have read on "biblical interpretation," this by far is my favorite. It lays down the rules (laws) of proper interpretation by going through the different genres of scripture, with plenty of good advice in how to best exegete each one. So many errors can be avoided if the reader would follow the points made in this book. Sometimes I make the same mistakes that they laid out in their writing, and I found myself a number of times looking up the passages to check their reasoning.
It's interesting how so many intelligent people can make the same mistakes (i.e. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" to be misinterpreted because the context is avoided). We Christians need to be better than that, and that's why I want to continue honing my skills in this area. My copy is marked with yellow highlighter marks, and so will yours if you read it with attention. I think every Christian--both young and old--ought to read "How to Read the Bible for all it's Worth"--it's required reading, everyone!--to keep up with the proper usage of handling God's message to His people.
38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We commend this book to you 3 Jan 2002
By ROBERT W RATLIFF - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a book on interpreting the Bible and applying it to your life. My seven-member Bible study group (from an Evangelical Free church) did a 13-week study/discussion of this book. Thirteen weeks may sound like a long time, but it worked well for us for two reasons: First, the book is not light reading. You need time to read, struggle, re-read, and come to grips with each chapter. Second, the authors often ask the reader to read large portions of scripture as part of studying a particular chapter in their book. In their chapter on the epistles, for example, the authors ask the reader to read through all of I Corinthians in one sitting, then study it *again* using techniques that they teach in the book.
We believe that this book is not a "basic primer"--it is not a book for beginning students of the Bible. For new Christians, let me suggest a book recommended by the authors themselves: "Knowing Scripture," by R. C. Sproul.
OUR FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT THE BOOK: 1) The book is written by two seminary professors who tell us, in the book's preface, that they are "believers, who think we should obey the biblical texts, not merely read or study them." 2) The emphasis of the book is on helping readers struggle with the questions of applying the Bible to their own lives. 3) The book eases the reader into the subject matter by giving some general principles of interpretation and by discussing the relative strengths of different Bible translations. 4) The book then divides the Bible into different types of literature (e.g., parables, law, epistles, prophets, and so forth); this approach helps to clarify the "rules of the road" in interpretation. As one example, the authors lay down some rules for understanding proverbial wisdom, and from these rules, we understand that Proverbs are not legal guarantees from God.
OUR NOT-SO-FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT THE BOOK: 1) Even in the most recently printed version, there are some curious typographical errors. 2) A couple of members of our Bible study felt the book was "difficult reading" in some places. 3) If you want exposure to *several* viewpoints about how Old Testament Law does or does not apply (or applies in part) to New Testament Christians, you'll need to look elsewhere.
FINAL THOUGHT: If you are looking for more than a basic primer on reading and applying the Bible to your life, we commend this book to you. This book changed the way we study scripture--for the better. All members of my Bible study group rated the book at 4.5 stars or higher.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book has made me so excited to read the Bible! 13 Jan 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I have just purchased ten copies of this book to give as gifts to friends in my Bible Study group. It has absolutely made a difference in my level of understanding of the Bible and its literary forms, the need for Biblical interpretation and the differences between translations. Now instead of eagerly awaiting a few minutes to read a magazine or surf the net, I can hardly wait for a few minutes to curl up with scripture! This book was an answer to a prayer for me. A word of caution: this book requires lots of thinking and interacting. This is not a quick read, but it is a profitable one.
57 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shows you how to get the most out of your Bible reading 30 Nov 1999
By Dr. Marc Axelrod - Published on Amazon.com
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Fee is a New Testament scholar and Stuart is an Old Testament scholar. But they write in plain English. They explain how to read God's Word for information and for transformation. And they use specific Scripture passages as examples of how to interpret chapters and stories from the Bible. They also recommend purchasing dictionaries and concordances and several translations of the Bible as aids to study. And at the end of the book, they recommend good Bible commentaries to purchase for further study. It is a very satisfying and helpful volume from two seasoned, reliable Bible scholars.
28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the title fool you - it's deep 5 Sep 2000
By Robert A. Terrell - Published on Amazon.com
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I was introduced to this book in my first seminary biblical exegesis class. My opening thought was "with its title this the book is going to be a joke." Boy was I wrong. First off, nothing by Gordan Fee is a joke. Second, this small book is one of the best sources on biblical interpretation in the world right now. Third, it is an easy to understand book, yet it does not skimp on the details of biblical exegesis. After my first time through "How to Read the Bible ..." I realized that this was a book that I could recommend to anyone wanting to know more about how to read the Bible and understand every word. The book is not condescending to scholars but is still understandable to those that do not have a theological background. I was a "title snob" and this book proved me wrong.
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