- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Baker Academic; 2 edition (June 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 080103373X
- ISBN-13: 978-0801033735
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Basic Guide to Interpreting the Bible: Playing by the Rules 2nd Edition
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This accessible guide to interpreting the Bible helps students identify various biblical genres, understand the meaning of biblical texts, and apply that meaning to contemporary life. The second edition has been completely revised throughout.
"Bob Stein is a wise and seasoned interpreter of Scripture, and these qualities are on full display in this wonderfully practical book on how to interpret the Bible. Readers will find here a sound hermeneutical approach that is applied to a variety of genres in the Scriptures. This is an ideal book both for university and seminary courses and for laypersons who desire a guide to understanding the Scriptures."--Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of Biblical Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
"In lucid and engaging style, Robert Stein explores an author-centered hermeneutic for biblical interpretation. The reader benefits from clear definitions of key concepts and creative examples of these concepts in action, as well as exercises that can be used to augment the learning process. An accessible introduction to a complex topic."--Jeannine K. Brown, professor of New Testament, Bethel Seminary
Praise for the first edition
"The book is highly readable (no mean feat these days) and very suitable for use in colleges and congregational adult education; one might even consider using it as a supplemental text in a seminary course."--Rich Erickson, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
"Stein's work is both a fine introduction to the task of biblical hermeneutics for the novice and an innovative refresher for the veteran teacher or pastor."--Jeffrey T. Riddle, Faith & Mission
"Stein has provided a very useful guide to biblical interpretation. While written for people first learning to study the Bible, it contains a wealth of information for more advanced students."--Dónal O'Mathúna, Ashland Theological Journal
About the Author
Robert H. Stein (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary), now retired, most recently served as senior professor of New Testament interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He previously taught at Bethel Seminary. A world-renowned scholar of the Synoptic Gospels, he is the author of several books, including Mark in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Studying the Synoptic Gospels, Luke, and Jesus the Messiah.
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In chapter one, Stein provides a clear explanation of the roles that the author, the text, and the reader have in the process of interpreting the bible. Stein interacts with differing views, answers objections to his own view, and offers logical and convincing arguments with biblical and extra biblical evidence. Chapter two includes helpful figures and charts to clarify hermeneutical terms and their relationship to one another. In chapter three, Stein explains the role of the Spirit in biblical interpretation with scriptural evidence and addresses common misconceptions. Chapter four explains how the literary form influences a text’s meaning through numerous biblical examples. In chapter five, Stein uses the example of Mark 1:2-8 to show how genre influence interpretation and focus (88). In chapter six, Stein gives two principles for understanding OT covenants: their gracious nature and already-existing covenantal relationship (103). In chapter seven, Stein shows the importance of parallelism in poetry by explaining Col. 1:15-20 (114-116). In chapter eight, Stein explains how Psalms of praise can be recognized by introductory expressions like Hallelujah, and they often include a description of what God has done (127). Chapter nine explains why proverbs should be understood as “generalizations learned from careful observation and a wise analysis of life” (133). In chapter ten, Stein gives clarity to the literary form of prophecy by pointing out the different language it employs and the different possibilities of fulfillment. In chapter eleven, Stein shows how we can understand biblical idioms by looking at their context and other biblical references. In chapter twelve, Stein refutes the allegorical method for interpreting parables, and provides one main rule for interpretation: seek the author’s intended, one basic point for telling the parable. In order to recognize exaggeration, Stein gives five main principles: the statement is impossible, it is contradictory to what other statements in the bible teach, other passages interpret it non-literally, prophecy was not literally fulfilled, and it uses universal language. In chapter fourteen, Stein describes how the meanings of words contained in correspondence are influenced by their literary context and cultural context.