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Grasping God's Word: A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, August 2, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 2 edition (August 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310259665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310259664
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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''This textbook and workbook, along with the authors' syllabus and Powerpoint slides helped me immensely when I was first assigned to teach a Hermeneutics course. I was able to personalize and enhance an existing class structure rather than reinvent the wheel. I used the workbook for daily assignments, as suggested. These exercises reinforced the excellent course content and provided variety in assessing student progress. The textbook mentions a couple of video clips, easily available through YouTube, that served as powerful illustrations of difficult concepts. Also, I was asked to teach a survey of the material to the Bible study leaders at my local church and the content was well received.' Truett-McConnell College -- Adam Harwood <br><br>

From the Back Cover

This hands-on approach to studying Scripture helps students and serious readers get a grip on how to read, interpret, and apply God’s Word. This book equips readers with principles of interpretation, then moves on to apply those principles to specific genres and contexts. This second edition now contains an updated bibliography, a new chapter on inspiration and canon, and new exercises.

More About the Author

Scott Duvall (Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Fuller Professor of New Testament at Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, Arkansas) where he teaches the NT Greek Exegesis, Life of Christ, Revelation, Spiritual Formation, and Interpreting the Bible. Scott has co-authored Grasping God's Word, Living God's Word (forthcoming), Journey into God's Word, Preaching God's Word, Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy, and Biblical Greek Exegesis. He has also written Experiencing God's Story of Life and Hope: A Workbook for Spiritual Formation.

Customer Reviews

The book is very well organized and clear.
Akanna24
Great book for learning how to study and interpret the Bible without the use of commentaries.
Kevin Kennington
Every chapter also ends with applicative exercises serving to reinforce learning.
T. P. Ang

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David D. Flowers on January 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book to help the Bible student learn how to interpret the Scriptures after crossing the river of time, culture, language, situation, convenant, etc. It is practical and easy to read.

I used this book in college and have taught from it in the church. Duvall and Hays have given Bible students the Koine (common/every-man) version of a Biblical Interpretation textbook. I believe young and old alike will find this textbook to be most helpful in understanding the Bible as Holy Spirit inspired literature within the first-century historical-cultural context.

What did the original author mean? What study aids should I use in learning about the social, historical, political, economic, and religious aspects of the original author's day? What about the role of the Holy Spirit in Biblical Interpretation? This book will answer these questions and more. And there are even pictures to help!

This book can help you learn practical steps to unlocking ancient truths in the Scripture in the midst of our modern contemporary 21st century Western culture. There is a workbook that you may purchase also. It may be very helpful to the serious learner.

Don't rely on a pastor or Sunday School teacher for truth any longer. Learn to study the Bible for yourself!

I also suggest reading: "How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth" by Fee & Stuart and "How to Read the Bible as Literature" by Leland Ryken after you have gone through "Grasping God's Word."

Teachers: I use Dr. Bob Utley's "You Can Understand the Bible Seminar: Historical-Grammatical Method of Interpretation" (Bible Lessons International) lecture notes and notebook as the main teaching guide. I use "Grasping God's Word" as the text for the class.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Caton on March 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this as a textbook for a seminary course I am taking. That being said, if I had known what a wonderful tool this would be in learning how to dig deeper into God's word, I would have bought it for personal enrichment alone. The authors do an admirable job of breaking down the elements of Hermeneutics in a way that can be understood and applied by anyone. Each chapter has multiple examples of how to apply the principle being taught and the practice exercises at the end of each chapter are enlightening and instructive. This tool works just like any other, the more often you pick it up, the deeper you can dig. If your goal is to wring out all the spiritual nourishment you can from the Bible, This is the proper tool for the job. As a side benefit, it also sharpens your critical reading skills as applied to other source material. By the way, this is now a permanent part of my library. I couldn't resell it if I wanted to due to the extensive highlighting on every page!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 17, 2006
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This is a outstanding book for those wanting to mine the Bible for truth and understanding.

The book helps the reader avoid misinterpretation and not "dividing the Word of God" with care and deliberation. It bridges the gap between devotional Bible study guides and graduate level books on Biblical Hermeneutics.

The book explores the the science of observation, determining the literary and cultural context of a passage to find its true meaning and appropriate application.

Grasping God's Word explores the "Interpretive Journey" of Bible study for both the Old and New Testaments.

I highly recommend this text.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Metts on November 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Duvall, J. Scott, and J. Daniel Hays. Grasping God's Word: A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2005. 462 pp. $39.99.

Interpreting the Bible is a topic of no small importance for readers of Scripture. It might even be said that this is everything. Without getting derailed into complicated discussions of methodology, the authors of Grasping God's Word present a procedure that is both successful in the sufficiency of its cause, and at being 'earthen' in its strategy. J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays both received PhD's at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and hold teaching positions at Ouachita Baptist University.

Summary
In chapter one the author, building on the hermeneutics of John Goldingay, qualifies his method for interpreting Scripture as grasping "the meaning of the text God has intended" (21). The Bible was not written in the 21st century, western world. It was, instead, written during a history and within a culture which in many ways is incongruous with our own. Bridging these two contexts can be difficult. However, if a theological principle can be observed within the text, then - by virtue of being a principle - a bridge between the two worlds is permissible. So, a theological principle "functions as a bridge spanning the river of differences" (21). This bridge is called the "principlizing bridge" and is the chief element of the author's methodology.

The methodology itself is both economical and sufficient. There are four steps. Step one is to understand what the text meant to the biblical audience (22). Step two is understanding the differences between the biblical audience and the reader (22).
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