- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Kregel Academic and Professional; 1 edition (April 1 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 082543498X
- ISBN-13: 978-0825434983
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.3 x 22.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 476 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #371,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
40 Questions About Interpreting The Bible Paperback – Apr 1 2010
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"Read this excellent primer and read the Bible better as a result."--Darrell Bock, Research Professor of New Testament Studies"Dallas Theological Seminary" (12/01/2012)
"Aristotle once said that those who wished to succeed must ask the right preliminary questions. Plummer asks forty of them. Even better: he answers them, providing beginning students with all they need to know about biblical interpretation in general and the specific kinds of texts found in the Old and New Testaments in particular."-- (12/01/2010)
"How approptiate that Plummer's 40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible is itself eminently understandable, crystal clear, and thoroughly engaging. The organization and breadth of coverage make this book both a delight to read and highly instructive....I can't imagine a more helpful introduction to the subject of biblical interpretation."-- (12/01/2010)
"It is a wonderful thing to teach a person the Bible. It is even more wonderful to teach people how to study the Bible for themselves. Plummer has given us a helpful survey relative to how to understand the Bible. You will profit greatly from his insights."-- (12/01/2010)
From the Back Cover
In 40 Questions about Interpreting the Bible, New Testament Professor Dr. Robert L. Plummer tackles the major questions that persons ask about reading and undestanding the Bible.
- Does the Bible contain error?
- Were the ancient manuscripts of the Bible transmitted accurately?
- What is the best English Bible translation?
- Is the Bible really all about Jesus?
- Do all the commands of the Bible apply today?
- Why can't people agree on what the Bible means?
- How do we interpret historical narrative?
- How do we interpret the Psalms?
- What does the Bible tell us about the future?
- What is the "Theological Interpretation of Scripture"?
- And many others. See all Product description
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40 Questions has 326 pages, which might sound long, but it's made up of 40 short stand-alone chapters. It'd be perfectly fine for you to look at the list of questions and jump right in to those that interest you most and skip (but hopefully not forever) those you're less interested in. And there are plenty of charts and lists to keep things uncomplicated and enough humour and stories to keep things unstuffy. (I started reading it while traveling and its format is perfect for that.)
The book is divided into four sections. The questions in Part 1 concern the text, the canon, and the translation of scripture; in Part 2 they're on the general interpretation of the Bible; Part 3 includes questions on interpreting the various literary genres in scripture; and Part 4 has questions about some contemporary issues in hermeneutics.
That last section, by the way, is the one I found least helpful. I ignore discussions of contemporary issues in almost everything because so many things turn out to be nothing much in the end. Seminary students probably need to know this stuff, but I don't, at least not yet. And this is the section of the book that's going to feel outdated too soon as "contemporary issues" change.
One heads-up about Plummer's book: He takes a few jabs that are likely to annoy dispensationalists, who would, if you ask me, be wise to simply overlook those remarks on account of the value of the book as a whole.
I've already said that I'd recommend 40 Questions for any believer, but more specifically:
+If you want to learn how to study the Bible for yourself, this would be an excellent tool.
+If you have a few serious questions about the Bible, this may give you the answers you seek.
+If you teach a Bible study, this will make you better at it.
+If you've come across interpretations of the Bible that confuse you...or give you the heebie-jeebies, this may clear thing up for you or help you find just where an interpretation went wrong.
+If you work with (or have your own) teens or young people, this would be an excellent resource to help you answer some of their questions about the Bible. Or you could just give them this book and let them find the answers for themselves.
Here's the bottom line: Your home library should have a copy of 40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible and so should your church library. No if, and, or buts.
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My only complaint is that the type face is very small. Appears to be 6 point which is half of normal print of 10-12 point. Reading with a magnifying glass is not that easy. Too bad we can't give the publisher one star!
Forced to buy it again as a download for my Logos Bible Study program. Guess I'm just getting too old.
"An unfaithful interpreter also can create a spiritual codependency--a situation in which people feel they must come to the pastor to understand the text because they are never able to see on their own the things he emphasizes in his teaching. These poor, starving infants who should have been fed on the pure milk of the Word (1 Peter 2:2) stare with gaunt eyes at the pulpit each week, hoping that manna will fall from heaven."
"In the spiritual life, you are either a stagnant pool or a flowing fountain. If you are learning but not sharing what you are learning, you will be like an algae-covered pond."
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is wanting to learn how to be a better interpreter of the Word!