40 Questions about Interpreting the Bible

ISBN-10: 082543498X

ISBN-13: 9780825434983

Edition: 2010

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The second in the series organized around common FAQs, 40Questions about Interpreting the Bibletackles the major questions thatstudents, pastors and professors ask about the hermeneutics of reading thebible (i.e. understanding the bible). This is a constant field of study byprofessor and student alike which empowers the pastor to teach with confidence.Robert Plummer parses the discussion into four parts: getting started,approaching the bible generally, approaching specific texts, and issues inrecent discussion. In each section the forty questions lead each exploration. Thisallows teachers to embrace this book as a textbook and the curious student toengage the book on a pick and choose basis to discover what issues are mostpertinent to their study. Sure to be a happy tool for the professor 40Questions About Interpreting the Biblewill be essential reading for thestudent seeking to advance expertly in his biblical studies.
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List price: $21.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Publication date: 4/22/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Robert L. Plummer, Ph.D., is associate professor of New Testament interpretation at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Plummer is the editor of Journeys of Faith (Zondervan, 2012). He has also authored 40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible (Kregel, 2010), Paul's Understanding of the Church's Mission (Paternoster, 2006), and many other articles and essays. Plummer has served on mission assignments in China, Malaysia, Ghana, Israel, Turkey, India, and Trinidad. He and his wife Chandi have three daughters.

Chris Embleton-Hall is an English-based artist specializing in children's illustration who uses a mixture of digital styles, most recently incorporating pattern and texture. He spent hours of his spare time as a child drawing with his granddad, before studying for a degree in illustration.<p <strong Benjamin L. Merkle</strong (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Professor of New Testament Greek at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is the author of <em 40 Questions about Elders and Deacons</em .</p

Getting Started: Text, Canon, and Translation
What Is the Bible?
How Is the Bible Organized?
Who Wrote the Bible-Humans or God?
Does the Bible Contain Error?
Were the Ancient Manuscripts of the Bible Transmitted Accurately?
Who Determined What Books Would Be Included in the Bible?
Which Is the Best English Bible Translation?
Approaching the Bible Generally
Questions Related to Interpretation
Why Is Biblical Interpretation Important?
How Has the Bible Been Interpreted Throughout Church History?
What Are Some General Principles for Interpreting the Bible? (1)
What Are Some General Principles for Interpreting the Bible? (2)
How Can I Improve as an Interpreter of the Bible?
What Are Some Helpful Books or Tools for Interpreting the Bible?
Questions Related to Meaning
Who Determines the Meaning of a Text?
Can a Text Have More Than One Meaning?
What Is the Role of the Holy Spirit in Determining Meaning?
What Is the Overarching Message of the Bible?
Is the Bible Really All About Jesus?
Do All the Commands of the Bible Apply Today?
Why Can't People Agree on What the Bible Means?
Approaching Specific Texts
Shared Genres (Questions Apply Equally to Old and New Testaments)
How Do We Identify Literary Genre-and Why Does It Matter?
How Do We Interpret Historical Narratives?
How Do We Interpret Prophecy? (General Guidelines)
How Do We Interpret Prophecy? (Typology)
How Do We Interpret Apocalyptic Literature?
How Do We Interpret Exaggerated or Hyperbolic Language?
How Do We Interpret Figures of Speech?
Primarily Old Testament Genres
How Do We Interpret Proverbs?
How Do We Interpret Poetry?
How Do We Interpret the Psalms? (Classification of Psalms)
How Do We Interpret the Psalms? (Principles of Interpretation)
Primarily New Testament Genres
How Do We Interpret Parables? (History of Interpretation)
How Do We Interpret Parables? (Principles of Interpretation)
How Do We Interpret Letters or Epistles? (Structure and Nature)
How Do We Interpret Letters or Epistles? (General Guidelines)
Issues in Recent Discussion
What Does the Bible Tell Us About the Future?
What Is Biblical Criticism?
What Is "Speech Act Theory"?
What Is the "Theological Interpretation of Scripture"?
What Are Some Other Recent Trends in Biblical Interpretation?
Select Bibliography
List of Figures
Scripture Index
Ancient Sources Index
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