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Getting the Message: A Plan for Interpreting and Applying the Bible Paperback – July 1, 1996
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The book is divided into 13 chapters, each ending with 2-4 exercises to allow the reader to practice the material covered in the chapter. The book is organised around an acronym, CAPTOR, which stands for Context, Analysis, Problems, Themes, Obligations, and Reflection. I'm not a big fan of mnemonic acronyms because I often remember the acronym and not what it is intended to stand for, and because adherence to an acronym sometimes necessitates choosing terms that don't exactly fit (for instance, Doriani admits that application would have been a better label than Obligations for that particular section of the book). However, many people find them far more helpful than I do, so I won't deduct any points for that.
Context is explained as both the literary and historical context. The book examines how one goes about understanding and applying each and directs readers to tools that might be helpful (e.g. bible dictionaries).
The section on analysis is divided into two chapters, one on analyzing narrative and the other on analyzing discourse (Doriani's catch all term for poetry, prophetic oracles, wisdom literature, the epistles of the new testament and so on). Initially I suspected that his attempt to abstract all non-narrative into a general category would fail, but he handles it surprisingly well. The few pages on understanding Hebrew poetry need to be greatly expanded.Read more ›
I will use it to teach any future interpretation/hermeneutics classes I teach at my church. The methodology is simple enough to where you could scale it to as much or little detail as you would like, so you can teach the CAPTOR method in a day or for a whole semester.
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Useful to some extent, but relatively elementary in the topics that it addresses. A bit dated as well.Published 3 months ago by Jordan Furlan
The book is a very clear and simple read. The exercises help with the learning process.Published 23 months ago by Marvin Shawn Andrews
Loved it great easy to understand and read . What's the use in reading the bible if you can't figure out how it relates to you todayPublished on May 17, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I am very grateful for this book. It was in great condition and I hope to use and reuse it as I do ministry throughout my life!Published on December 27, 2012 by Amazon Customer