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Grasping God's Word, Fourth Edition

A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible
J. Scott Duvall (Author), J. Daniel Hays (Author)
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A Proven Approach to Help You Interpret and Understand the Bible

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. This book will equip you with a five-step Interpretive Journey that will help you make sense of any passage in the Bible. It will also guide you through all the different genres found in the Bible to help you learn the specifics of how to best approach each one.

Filling the gap between approaches that are too simple and others that are too technical, this book starts by equipping readers with general principles of interpretation, then moves on to apply those principles to specific genres and contexts.

Features include:

  • Proven in classrooms across the country
  • Hands-on exercises to guide students through the interpretation process
  • Emphasis on real-life application
  • Supplemented by a website for professors providing extensive teaching materials
  • Accompanying workbook, video lectures, laminated study guide (sold separately)

This fourth edition includes revised chapters on word studies and Bible translations, updated illustrations, cultural references, bibliography, and assignments. This book is the ideal resource for anyone looking for a step-by-step guide that will teach them how to accurately and faithfully interpret the Bible.

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.

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  • 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
  • Product Details
  • Page Count: 592
  • Format: Hardcover, Printed Caseside
  • ISBN: 9780310109174
  • Release: October 13, 2020