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5.0 out of 5 stars mining the spiritual treasures in the Bible
I found this little volume a tremendous help in properly interpeting the Bible. Sproul takes you through a point-by-point process of the art and science of hermenutics. Like a skillful surgeon Sproul disects the Word and demonstrates the profound wealth of spirtual nuggets lying under the surface of the text. After digesting the book I felt like I feel through the thin...
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2.0 out of 5 stars A confusing book
The contents page of this book suggest an extremely interesting framework for addressing the question of how the Bible should be read. However, I did find Sproul's arguments both confused and confusing. For example, he criticizes the "Medieval Quadriga' method (p54) where (he says) each passage is examined for four meanings: literal, morral, allegorical and anagogical...
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mining the spiritual treasures in the Bible, 7 Mar 1998
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I found this little volume a tremendous help in properly interpeting the Bible. Sproul takes you through a point-by-point process of the art and science of hermenutics. Like a skillful surgeon Sproul disects the Word and demonstrates the profound wealth of spirtual nuggets lying under the surface of the text. After digesting the book I felt like I feel through the thin ice of the surface of the text into the deep abyss of Biblical truth. If your a Biblical student you will gain a greater understanding of the nuances, and idioms of Biblical history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sound Guidelines for Interpreting Scripture by Sproul, 25 Mar 1998
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R.C. Sproul colorfully presents some relatively simple yet essential guildelines for reading the Bible. This book discusses what the Protestant ideal of "individual interpretation" means, and how one should go about building an appropriate view of dissecting Scripture. Two thumbs up for this sound analysis of the subject matter!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be a Berean, 22 May 1999
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"Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true." [Acts 17:11] This book provides you with the tools to have a clear understanding of the treasures of the Bible and guard against the many heresies that are pushing at us.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A confusing book, 21 Jun 2010
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The contents page of this book suggest an extremely interesting framework for addressing the question of how the Bible should be read. However, I did find Sproul's arguments both confused and confusing. For example, he criticizes the "Medieval Quadriga' method (p54) where (he says) each passage is examined for four meanings: literal, morral, allegorical and anagogical. He argues that each passage has four different meanings related to each of these categories, which he calls bizarre as he argues that the Bible should only be interpreted according to it's literal sense. What is bizarre is that he should believe this.

The Quadriga, in reality, means that all biblical passages have at least the literal intended meaning but some may have one or more spiritual meanings as well. That Sproul does not follow his own recommendation to interpret the Bible solely in the literal sense is highlighted on p 97 where he explicitly states 'I avoid allegorizing of the parables EXCEPT where the New Tstament clearly indicates an allegorical meaning - so he accepts at least part of the Quadriga methodology.

Interestingly (although confusingly) immediately after criticizing the Quadriga he relates a tale of a professor who gave his students a verse of the NT to read and to write down 50 things they learned from the verse. The following day when the work was handed in he asked for a further 50 from the same passage. Presumably they were able to do this without resorting to moral, allegorical or anagogical meanings? It seems quite impossible that they could. He justifies this by saying Luther rejected multiple meanings to bibilical passages but did not restrict them to a 'single sense' whatever that might mean.

He has a section on the Clarity of Scripture but then goes on to say that some parts of the Bible as clear and simple but others are obscure and difficult. It's hard to know on this basis what he means by 'clarity'.

There is much more but I will end by commenting that Sproul thinks the Catholics have it wrong and in debate with someone on a point of interpretation he says, 'I didn't bother to ask which church or council [he belonged to] since so many disagree'. It seems then that he thinks most people and churches are wrong and, presumably, only he has interpreted the Bible correctly. I wonder if he would wish to claim infallibility on the issue.
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