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Inductive Bible Study: Observation, Interpretation, and Application through the Lenses of History, Literature, and Theology Hardcover – November 15, 2016
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—Michael J. Kruger, president and professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC
“It is exciting to see this work that blends the inductive method with the historical disciplines. . . . Our deep thanks are due Kӧstenberger and Fuhr for this invaluable resource for quality Bible study.”
—Grant R. Osborne, professor emeritus, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL
“Fuhr and Kӧstenberger’s new book will help a new generation of students discover the joy of studying the Bible for themselves. Here you will find a hermeneutically sound and accessible guide to studying the Bible inductively.”
—Robert L. Plummer, professor of New Testament interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY, and host of www.DailyDoseOfGreek.com
“I know of no other book that covers such a wide range of issues with such user-friendly expertise and wise simplicity. Read it to (re)kindle excitement about mining Scripture’s inexhaustible riches!”
—Robert W. Yarbrough, professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO
About the Author
Richard Alan Fuhr Jr. is Associate Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Studies at Liberty University School of Divinity in Lynchburg, VA. He is co-author of The Message of the Twelve: Hearing the Voice of the Minor Prophets.
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The authors do a masterful job of taking their time to explain each step in digging deeper to uncover what the Bible says to each person. Take your time to learn each step and practice it, even consider doing so with a friend. Study guides aside, this is the best way I know to really learn and remember what a book says about God, Jesus, The Spirit, faith, grace and much, much more!
Unlike other books of this nature that show various ways to approach the Scriptures, this one takes the reader by the hand and shows them how to do each step in a way that is easy to grasp and utilize. Some folks may know this method of studying as a manuscript way, and it could be called by that title. But the authors want to show us how to take an approach that includes history, literature and theology so everyday folks can be amazed in their time alone with the Lord.
If you don’t want to mark in your Bible, there are Bibles to purchase designed for inductive study. The authors include an extensive bibliography so people can continue to read and aid their study time. Also included is a Subject Index for easy access when a refresher is needed for a person or to add the next step in Inductive Bible study. My son originally pointed out this book to me as he knows the inductive method I taught him when he was younger. Now, he is a grown man who by the grace of God wants to continue to learn and sharpen his knowledge so he can be a better disciple of the Lord.
Please consider using this either as a way to learn in your time along with God, small group, teaching or mentoring others! Here is a great tool to encourage the Body of Christ to dig deeper so their roots will go deeper into the soil of His Word.
The first chapter of this book lays the foundation exploring why the Bible is not as easy of a book to understand as we might assume it to be. The authors explore the various gaps that exist between the reader and the Bible that pose a challenge to those seeking to understanding the Bible. The gaps explored follow along the triad of historical, literary, and theological. The second chapter explores the seven principles of inductive bible study. The second unit of the book falls along the lines of bridging the literary gaps that exists between the modern reader and the ancient text of Scripture. The authors point to the importance of comparing translations, asking the right questions of the text, finding key terms in the text, paying heed to the literary features contained in Scripture, and discourse analysis. The second section involves digging deeper exploring a texts context in regards to historical background, literary genre and its place in the book and canon itself, and the theological context taking into account where the passage is in regards to themes, progressive revelation, and covenant. The authors point the reader to the value and danger of word studies. The last section of this work leads the reader to the word of application and theology.
While this book might have been written as a text book to be used in a classroom setting I think it is applicable to wider use than that. The truth of the matter most bible teachers in the local church be they pastor or Sunday school teacher don't have the interpretive tools and method to rightly handle and teach the Bible. The authors rightly point out that there are serious gaps between us as the present readers of the Bible and the text, and too often in preaching and teaching those gaps are ignored leading often to misapplication of texts and unbalanced theology. The authors provide a solid foundation in this work for anyone to rightly understand and apply the Bible to life if they are willing to do the work required. What I would love to see happen with this text is for Lifeway and B&H Academic to collaborate on turning this into a curriculum/video teaching series that could be used to train Bible study leaders in the local church.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing it. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.
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