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BASIC GUIDE TO INTERPRETING THE BIBLE, A: Playing by the Rules Paperback – Feb 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group (February 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801021014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801021015
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,585,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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Dr. Stein's book was a pleasure to read, full of great information, and very well written. I particularly enjoyed the frequent illustrations he used to explain many of the concepts he presented. The only reason I did not give 5 stars to this book is to agree with a previous reviewer that some of the concepts and language Dr. Stein uses require the reader to have a prior understanding of hermeneutics. Having this grounding before reading the book helped me to understand his presentation the first time through, but as I read I was aware that someone without such a background may have experiencd some problems. My suggestion: If you are a seminary student or pastor - read it, I believe that you will enjoy it! If you are an interested lay person who may not have had any experience in the area of Hermeneutics, read it but have someone (Pastor, teacher, friend, etc...) that has dealt with some of the technical language handy to ask questions. This book is a great source of information and anyone interested in studying the Bible would do well to add it to their reading list.
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When searching for a book on this topic, I wanted just what the title promised, a BASIC guide to interpreting the Bible. I didn't want a book that would require a basic guide on how to interpret the basic guide to interpreting the Bible.
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.
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I am very surprised to find that some people thought this book was difficult to work through. I found Stein very clear and informative. He even defines all the terms he uses frequently so as to remove all ambiguity. Not that these terms are difficult to grasp (ie. implication, significance, subject matter). Anyone who feels comfortable reading something weightier than airport paperbacks should benefit from this work.
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By A Customer on March 20 1998
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent little textbook on how to read and study the Bible from a structural point of view. Incidentally it also teaches useful material on English grammar, on reading comprehension, and on literature analysis. It is marred only by its annoying "games" theme which trivializes it and its transparently apologist interpretation of some key passages used as illustrations.
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