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Grasping God's Word

A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible
J. Scott Duvall (Author), J. Daniel Hays (Author)
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Grasping God's Word has proven itself in classrooms across the country as an invaluable help to students who want to learn how to read, interpret, and apply the Bible for themselves. The third edition, revised based on feedback from professors, will continue to serve college-level students and lay learners well in their quest to gain a firm grasp on the rock of God’s word.

Old Testament scholar J. Daniel Hays and New Testament expert J. Scott Duvall provide practical, hands-on exercises to guide students through the interpretive process. To emphasize the Bible’s redemptive arc and encourage correlation across the biblical canon, the authors have included a call to "Consult the biblical map. How does a theological principle fit with the rest of the Bible?" as an additional step in the Interpretive Journey. This edition has also been rearranged for clarity and includes updated illustrations, appendices, bibliography, and assignments.

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About the Authors

J. Scott Duvall (PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of New Testament at Ouachita Baptist University. He is the coauthor with George H. Guthrie of Biblical Greek Exegesis: A Graded Approach to Learning Intermediate and Advanced Greek and with Terry G. Carter and J. Daniel Hays of the textbook Preaching God's Word: A Hands on Approach to Preparing, Developing and Delivering the Sermon.

J. Daniel Hays (PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is dean of the Pruet School of Christian Studies and professor of Old Testament at Ouachita Baptist University. He is the author of From Every People and Nation, and he has coauthored Grasping God’s Word; Preaching God’s Word; Journey into God’s Word; The Story of Israel: A Biblical Theology; Iraq: Babylon of the End Times?; Apocalypse; and The Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy. He teaches adult Sunday school at his local church in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and preaches frequently throughout the nation.

Table of Contents

Part 1: How to Read the Book — Basic Tools

Part 2: Contexts — Now and Then

Part 3: Meaning and Application

Part 4: The Interpretive Journey — New Testament

Part 5: The Interpretive Journey — Old Testament

Appendix 1: Inspiration and Canon

Appendix 2: Writing an Exegetical Paper

Appendix 3: Building a Personal Library

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  • General
  • Chapter 1 - Bible Translations
  • Chapter 2 - The Interpretive Journey
  • Chapter 3 - How to Read the Book Sentences
  • Chapter 4 - How to Read the Book - Paragraphs
  • Chapter 5 - How to Read the Book - Discourses
  • Chapter 6 - The Historical-Cultural Context
  • Chapter 7 - What Do We Bring to the Text?
  • Chapter 8 - The Literary Context
  • Chapter 9 - Word Studies
  • Chapter 10 - Who Controls the Meaning?
  • Chapter 11 - Levels of Meaning
  • Chapter 12 - The Role of the Holy Spirit
  • Chapter 13 - Application
  • Chapter 14 - New Testament - Letters
  • Chapter 15 - New Testament - Gospels
  • Chapter 16 - New Testament - Acts
  • Chapter 17 - New Testament - Revelation
  • Chapter 18 - Old Testament - Narrative
  • Chapter 19 - Old Testament - Law
  • Chapter 20 - Old Testament - Poetry
  • Chapter 21 - Old Testament - Prophets
  • Chapter 22 - Old Testament - Wisdom
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  • Product Details
  • Page Count: 512
  • Format: Hardcover, Printed
  • ISBN: 9780310492573
  • Release: May 7, 2012
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