BASIC GUIDE TO INTERPRETING THE BIBLE, A: Playing by the Rules Paperback – Feb 2009
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From the Back Cover
This accessible guide to interpreting the Bible helps students identify various biblical genres, understand the meaning of biblical texts, and apply that meaning to contemporary life. The second edition has been completely revised throughout.
"Bob Stein is a wise and seasoned interpreter of Scripture, and these qualities are on full display in this wonderfully practical book on how to interpret the Bible. Readers will find here a sound hermeneutical approach that is applied to a variety of genres in the Scriptures. This is an ideal book both for university and seminary courses and for laypersons who desire a guide to understanding the Scriptures."--Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of Biblical Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
"In lucid and engaging style, Robert Stein explores an author-centered hermeneutic for biblical interpretation. The reader benefits from clear definitions of key concepts and creative examples of these concepts in action, as well as exercises that can be used to augment the learning process. An accessible introduction to a complex topic."--Jeannine K. Brown, professor of New Testament, Bethel Seminary
Praise for the first edition
"The book is highly readable (no mean feat these days) and very suitable for use in colleges and congregational adult education; one might even consider using it as a supplemental text in a seminary course."--Rich Erickson, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
"Stein's work is both a fine introduction to the task of biblical hermeneutics for the novice and an innovative refresher for the veteran teacher or pastor."--Jeffrey T. Riddle, Faith & Mission
"Stein has provided a very useful guide to biblical interpretation. While written for people first learning to study the Bible, it contains a wealth of information for more advanced students."--Dónal O'Mathúna, Ashland Theological Journal --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Robert H. Stein (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary), now retired, most recently served as senior professor of New Testament interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He previously taught at Bethel Seminary. A world-renowned scholar of the Synoptic Gospels, he is the author of several books, including Mark in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Studying the Synoptic Gospels, Luke, and Jesus the Messiah. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
For example, the author writes, "Some have suggested that meaning is a property of the text...This view argues that a literary text is "autonomous". As a text it possesses semantic autonomy in the sense that its meaning is completely independent of what its author meant when he or she wrote."
What?!? (or Huh?!?) While this certainly isn't unfathomable, it is written in a style which is much more difficult than it has to be. This may be a basic guide if you are a scholar. While this book is not without it's merits, there are many other books out on the same topic which will serve you much better without having to struggle with the language. Max Ander's books come to mind.
If you are looking for a guide which is basic and user friendly, then this is not the book for you.
Most recent customer reviews
Dr. Stein's text is as good a book as he is a professor. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in sound methods to Biblical interpretation. Read morePublished on March 21 2002
This is a good introduction to Biblical interpretation for the layman. If you're more serious about biblical interpretation at a higher level I'd suggest first having a firm grasp... Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2001