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ISBN-13: 978-0802490926 ISBN-10: 0802490921 Edition: New Edition
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ROBERTSON McQUILKIN served as the third president of Columbia International University from 1968 to 1990 and currently serves as the president emeritus. He resigned from the presidency to care for his wife, Muriel, who had reached the stage of Alzheimer's disease in which she needed full-time care. Prior to coming president of CIU, McQuilkin served as headmaster of Ben Lippen School, then for 12 years as a missionary in Japan. McQuilkin's writings have appeared in numerous journals and periodicals. Among the books he has published are Understanding and Applying the Bible, Five Smooth Stones, Life in the Spirit, A Promise Kept, An Introduction to Biblical Ethics, and The Great Omission. In 2003 McQuilkin married Deborah Jones Sink. Between them, Robertson and Deborah have nine children.
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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (June 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802490921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802490926
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Pichaj on August 16, 2010
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I have read...so many books on biblical interpretation and hermeneutics that sometimes, I thought my brain would explode. Not because I am so well-read, but because some were so scholarly and theoretical (hermeneutics is a deep and detailed subject) that they were practically ineffective for personal Bible study or sermon preparation. And others were so trendy and innovative, trying to make God's Word "relevant" to "contemporary generations" that I wondered about their trustworthiness. Well, right in the sweet spot in the middle is the aptly-named "Understanding and Applying the Bible," and the title truly matches the contents. I was privileged to sit in J. R. McQuilkin's lecture while he was "beta-testing" (so to speak) his notes for this book in the hermeneutics class at CIU years ago. I believe that what I learned there set a firm, theologically-conservative foundation for one to handle the Scriptures with devotion, care and respect, and to avoid novel or overly-subjective interpretations.

"Understanding and Applying the Bible" treats the Bible as if it is indeed the very Word of God. Faith in the God of the Bible is assumed, as is the inerrancy and harmony of Scripture, and therefore the principle of Scripture interpreting Scripture. (This is quite important, and is also rarer than one might think, as scholarly works are generally expected to be neutral about such issues. You can read this book with confidence that the author is not trying to introduce some "new perspective" of his in an area of devotion or doctrine.) And instead of dealing with hermeneutics in an ivory-tower vacuum (to mix my metaphors), valuable and reliable help is given to the pastor preparing sermons, or anyone who wants to read and understand (and apply!) the Scriptures. I highly recommend Dr.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dataman on February 17, 2014
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In this book, McQuilkin has provided a sound, well-balanced introduction to hermeneutics suitable for Bible College or seminary instruction. It is practical, thorough, and well organized, yet is clearly written in plain language suitable for the average reader.

McQuilkin addresses the primary concerns of biblical interpretation such as historical and cultural setting, word study, thought structure, context, figurative language, the various genres of literature, interpretation, and application. He provides principles and supporting guidelines to help the believer properly determine precisely what Scripture means and how God intends for us to apply His revealed will.

This is an excellent resource for anyone who needs to understand exegesis. I would highly recommend it for anyone looking for an introductory text.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jan Palasek-Dunn on January 28, 2014
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Great book for an organized study of the Bible. Straightforward and easy to read, although there is a lot of information to digest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Socrates on May 17, 2013
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Intelligent, cogent, and very user friendly. A powerful tool for any Bible scholar that wants to embark on a vibrant and very satisfying journey into the Living Word of God.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James on October 2, 2014
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This book taught me to look at Bible in ways that I had never considered before. It really helped clear up some of the confusion I had, and I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra Morales on September 3, 2013
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I love how it seems brand new , the only problem is that it look a little longer than the rest of my books . But good stuff definitely'!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Courtney Spittka on February 13, 2013
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This is an incredibly deep book. not an easy read or something you can breeze through, but you can learn alot from it!
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The author's chapter on applying Scriptures has been the most helpful for me. I wish there were more examples and application of each application principle.
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