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"Nigel and Andrew have written a great work on knowing God better, learning his will for your life, and reading your Bible. I like it. In fact, I think we'll start using it at our church."
Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington DC; President, 9Marks

"At last the book we have been waiting for, a modest-sized volume that lays out the cardinal principles of biblical exposition in clear, accessible, winsome language. I keep a stash of Dig Deeper in my office for gifts to aspiring preachers as well as to refresh my own preaching. A quickening read for all expositors and teachers of the Word!"
R. Kent Hughes, Senior Pastor Emeritus, College Church, Wheaton, IL

"As a minister to college students, I am constantly on the lookout for resources for thoughtful, bright, and passionate young people who are hungry to know the Word of God and hungry to teach it to others. Finding a book that is both deep and yet approachable is not always that easy, but I have found Nigel Beynon's and Andrew Sach's book to be both. This is a great hermeneutics 101 text, but it is more—it also consistently drives home the authority of the truth once one has found it in Scripture. So, this book is deep, approachable, and pastoral. That is a recipe that teaches the principles of interpretation and also fans the flames of zeal for God's Word. I would gladly put it in the hands of one of my students."
Jay S. Thomas, Lead Pastor, Chapel Hill Bible Church, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

About the Author

Nigel Beynon is the student minister at St Helen's, Bishopsgate, in London, where he met and worked with Andrew Sach. Together they spent three years sharing the gospel with students before writing this book. Sach is currently studying theology at Oak Hill College in London in preparation for ordained ministry.

Andrew Sach studied theology at Oak Hill and is now on the staff of St Helen’s, Bishopsgate, in central London. He has a PhD from York University.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (February 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581349718
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581349719
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tim Challies TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 23, 2010
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I have been a Christian for two decades now and cannot deny it--the Bible is a difficult book to understand. Sure there are parts of it that are so simple that even a child can explain them. But to know the Bible well, to know how it all fits together, to know how it applies to me all these years after it was written, requires dedication, hard work and skill. Though there are many books that teach how to dig into the Word and to learn from it, many do so in a way that is difficult to understand for new Christians or young Christians. Dig Deeper by Nigel Beynon and Andrew Sach steps nicely into that void.

"This is a book to help you understand the Bible correctly. ... We want to help you to dig deeper and find hidden riches in the Bible. We hope that parts of the Bible that previously seemed like gobbledygook will begin to make sense, and that bits that were clear already will become even more vivid and gripping." They go on to say, "Most of all, we want to help you do all this for yourself." While acknowledging the place of pastors and Bible experts, they want individual Christians to know that God has equipped them to understand the Bible on their own. And in this book they give them the tools they will need to begin to dig into the Bible on their own, mining its infinite riches.

The format is very straightforward. The book is to be understood as a kind of toolkit with each chapter adding another tool to the set. Each chapter has many examples and illustrations from the Bible. And, of course, there are exercises that give the reader a chance to practice using these tools on his own.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on July 23, 2010
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My maternal grandfather never finished the eighth grade. But like many of his generation, what he lacked in book smarts he made up in practical skills. He was a jack-of-all-trades. His garage looked like a hardware store. When the Lord called him home, he had more than enough tools to spread around to his three grandsons. In fact, in the twenty-five years since he died, I have had to buy very few tools. Unfortunately I don't know what to do with most of the tools in my toolbox. Handyman I am not.

Thankfully I am little handier with the sixteen tools in Beynon & Sach's toolbox. Regardless of your interpretive skills however, this book is worth reading. The authors, who both minister in Great Britain, have written an easy to read, very practical manual on how to understand the Bible better. They sharpened these tools while working with college age students. I believe Bible readers of all ages would be able to profit from this book.

Their high view of scripture is demonstrated while describing "some of the joys of understanding the Bible correctly:
* You hear the voice of your heavenly Father speaking to you in the Bible
* You learn what he is really like from his own lips...
* You discover the wonderful truth of salvation and how to be sure of heaven
* You find out things that are on God's heart...
* The truth actually changes you. Get this: it doesn't just inform you of things, it does things in you." (p. 12)

The sixteen tools that will help you dig deeper are: The Author's Purpose, Context, Structure, Linking Words, Parallels, Narrator's Comment, Vocabulary, Translations, Tone and Feel, Repetition, Quotation/Allusion, Genre, Copycat, The Bible Time Line, Who Am I? And So What?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Jones VINE VOICE on April 2, 2010
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"Dig Deeper" is truly a gem. It is one of the best introductions to biblical interpretation I've ever read. Written in a fresh, readable style, the authors cover an amazing amount of territory in a very short book.

In the introduction, the authors write, "We want to help you to dig deeper to find hidden riches in the Bible...Pastors and scholars are a gift from God, and we should be grateful for their help. But we shouldn't be content to leave it entirely to the experts...This book is based on the idea of a toolkit...a set of practical tools to help you get to the bottom of any Bible passage." They then proceed with 16 different tools, from the Author's Purpose tool (most important), to the Vocabulary tool; from the Structure tool, to the "So What?" tool.

I've heard many people say, "I try to read the Bible, but it's so hard to understand!" This book could radically improve your Bible study and devotional life. It moves at a rapid pace while not missing weighty concepts. It gives a broad sample of biblical texts and warns of common interpretive errors. One of its greatest strengths is a short exercise at the end of each chapter, and then a brief example of how all the tools work together at the end of the book.

There are two areas that would have made this book even better. First, the authors should have included a full chapter on history and cultural background. They could have called it the "culture tool." Re-creating the original setting, manners, customs, geography, archaeology, etc. are all a vital part of fully understanding a passage. Secondly, I have to respectfully disagree with their approach to prophecy (p. 107 and 122).
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