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'An excellent book from the pen of an able scholar, an experienced pastor and a gracious Christian. It is intended for all types of Christian people who are serious about studying the Bible carefully... I warmly commend it.' ~ Eric Alexander(Conference speaker and formerly minister St George's Tron, Glasgow for 20 years.)

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'An excellent book from the pen of an able scholar, an experienced pastor and a gracious Christian. It is intended for all types of Christian people who are serious about studying the Bible carefully... I warmly commend it.' ~ Eric Alexander (Conference speaker and formerly minister St George's Tron, Glasgow for 20 years.)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Christian Focus (September 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845502035
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845502034
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #609,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We are using this book by Dr. Mayhue for an adult Bible study.
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This is a very clear, concise, and objective treatment of the duty and privilege of Bible study from one of the modern masters of that discipline.
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It was with great hope that I approached Mayhue's appropriately named brief piece on Bible study.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. H. Cobb on August 22, 2012
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I am preparing a church-level class on Bible study, and I am in the midst of the searching for an appropriate text. It was with great hope that I approached Mayhue's appropriately named brief piece on Bible study. Mayhue has a good reputation, according to friends of mine who have attended Masters.

First things first. This is a good book, maybe a very good book. Mayhue has written it at a level appropriate for a general church audience. There's no off-putting jargon or terminology, it's written at a level accessible to almost any reader, it's not too voluminous, and there are good questions at the end of each chapter. This is very likely the text I'm going to pick. While my review below may sound rather critical, I have a feeling that this book will wind up being my "best-in-class" choice.

Mayhue loosely structures the book around the 2 Timothy 2:15 admonition to "cut it straight." Part One, Making Straight Cuts, contains 5 chapters covering topics such as studying the Bible for God's approval, an explanation of how the Bible came to be, useful tools for Bible study, and then two chapters on how to study the Bible. Boiled down to bullet points, Mayhue's steps for Bible study are: affirmation, preparation, observation, investigation, interpretation, correlation (tracing a theme through Scripture), personalization, appropriation, proclamation.

The tools for Bible study are dated, and not commensurate with the level of the book. If a student is going to get Greek helps, for example, I would also assume that he's going to choose a more advanced book on Bible study. More than likely, he's going to use web-based resources.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Greene on March 12, 2013
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This is a practical book that impresses the responsibilitiy of handling God's Word well, pointing out pitfalls in interpretation plus suggesting excellent resources to learn the techniques highlighted in the "assignments" at the end of each chapter.
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This is a very clear, concise, and objective treatment of the duty and privilege of Bible study from one of the modern masters of that discipline. Dr. Mayhue's essential message is that the one true and living God has, indeed, spoken to His creatures in an inerrant, trustworthy, and authoritative written revelation--the Bible. Because it is God's book, it demands 2 things: 1 - A careful, reverent approach to studying it with a view to discovering what exactly God has said in the text, rather than forcing our own ideas and opinions upon the words of Scripture; 2 - A humble, submissive belief of what God has said--not just a cold intellectual assent, but an unswerving trust in the faithfulness of the Author and the words of the Bible, resulting in a dedicated obedience and application of the truth of Scripture to every area of life. Dr. Mayhue describes the methods and tools for studying the Bible with integrity, and he also provides helpful warnings of some common pitfalls and illegitimate approaches to handling divine revaltion. This subject is of utmost importance, because on Judgment Day every single one of us will give account to God for the way we responded to His Bible, and the consequences of that evaluation will be either an eternal blessing, or an eternal curse.
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We are using this book by Dr. Mayhue for an adult Bible study. The book is extremely well written and is easy to follow the insights are uplifting ans we are experiencing a new joy in in-depth Bible study. There are new believers and mature believers in the group and we find each of us are challenged and driven to learn. God's word is so fulfilling for those who seek. Dr. Mayhue is to be commended for his insights. Pastor Bud
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