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Understanding and Applying the Bible: Revised and Expanded Revised, Expanded ed. Edition
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"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.Read more ›
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.
“The Holy Spirit will never say something through the biblical writer, then contradict or change it for the reader. In other words, God will never enlighten the Christian through some understanding or application of scripture that would in any way depart from what is written. If He did this, there would be no way to k now if our interpretation was from the Spirit, from our sinful inclinations, from Satan, or from psychological or physical stimuli.” P.37
I can appreciate this quote because what he says solidifies the truth of one meaning. If the text is open to our own interpretation rather than on the original intent, there would be no authoritative standard for the original intent of Scripture.
Chapter three discusses the naturalistic approach. This approach is based upon the rationality of the interpreter rather than on the authority of the Scriptures. McQuilken writes, “The whole design of the Bible is to challenge suppositions not to be controlled by them.” P50
If an interpreter enters the reading of the text with presuppositions it can easily become a personal private interpretation. It is possible to want something to be true so badly that a reader can twist the Scripture to say anything.
Chapter four discusses the history of postmodernism, the core beliefs, and the influence that postmodernism has on evangelicalism. Chapter five covers the dogmatic approach. A noted quote, “not only is the systematic study of Scripture valid, it is necessary.Read more ›
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Sometimes I didn't "get" the analogies, but overall a good one time read.Published 4 months ago by sipedo
We used this book as the textbook for one of my college classes. It was easy for me to read and understand and all the concepts were fully explained!Published 13 months ago by Codi
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.Published 22 months ago by James M Kiernan
This book not only give information for understanding but just like the subject indicates, it also gives sensible and Biblical ways to apply the Bible concepts.Published 22 months ago by Pastor