A Basic Guide to Interpreting the Bible: Playing by the Rules is a book that lives up to its name, and provides a firm bedrock from which to study, interpret, and understand the Bible and its myriad genres.
Senior New Testament scholar Robert Stein helps readers identify various biblical genres, develop the skills to extrapolate meaning from biblical texts, and apply that meaning to contemporary life.
Having undergone a complete revision to reflect Stein's current thinking and changes to the discipline over the past decade, students of the Bible at all levels will find the book effective in group settings, classrooms, and for personal study.
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Review 1 for A Basic Guide to Interpreting the Bible, 2nd edition: Playing by the Rules
A Must Read and a Must Re-Read.
Date:August 22, 2013
This is the best book I have ever picked up on Bible interpretation. To be a faithful student of the Word, we need to know how to interpret the Bible, and this is the book for us. Dr. Stein spends considerable time exhaustively teaching the necessary need for biblical interpretation and gives great guidelines for each different genre of Scripture (poetry, narrative, epistle, etc), and much much more.
After carefully reading this book, your relationship with God and your knowledge of the Scriptures will deepen like never before. If I could afford to place this book into the hands of every eager Bible student, I would in a heartbeat. This book is truly a masterpiece.
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Review 2 for A Basic Guide to Interpreting the Bible, 2nd edition: Playing by the Rules
Great introduction to biblical interpretation
Date:August 1, 2013
This review was originally written for a popular Christian apologetics site. For the sake of brevity only the conclusion is included here:
A Basic Guide to Interpreting the Bible is a great introduction to scriptural hermeneutics. Without using too much technical language, Dr. Stein is able to present important information to the reader. He makes using the book for study more accessible by including a glossary, an index, and a list of scriptural references. Stein also encourages group discussion of his book by including a series of review and thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter. BiblicalTraining.org has recently made available a series of lectures by Stein that follows his book.
Any Christian will benefit from reading this book; however, the apologist will get an extra benefit of being able to ensure that they are defending what scripture actually teaches. For those already quite familiar with interpretive methods, this book can serve as a good recommendation for those who are new to proper hermeneutics and may merely be curious, but don't want to get overwhelmed. This particular copy was lent to this reviewer, but his own copy will be purchased as this is one that needs to be on the shelf for future reference and lending out to other friends.