40 Questions About Interpreting The Bible by Robert L. PlummerThe second in the series organized around FAQs, 40 Questions about Interpreting the Bible tackles the major questions that students, pastors and professors ask about reading and understanding the Bible. The book is divided into into four parts: getting started, approaching the bible generally, approaching specific texts, and issues in recent discussion. This accessible format allows teachers to utilize this book as a textbook and the curious student to understand the issues which are most pertinent to their study. 40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible will be essential reading for the student seeking to advance in biblical studies and for the pastor looking to teach the Bible with confidence.
40 Questions about Interpreting the Bible
For many people, reading the Bible can feel like getting lost in the woods, rather than taking a pleasant guided tour along a well-marked trail. These four parts of the book are like a series of well-placed information booths positioned along the trail in a national park. The first information booth Part 1 stands at the beginning of the trail and consists of seven pamphlets that help orient the traveler by addressing basic questions they might naturally ask at the outset of their trek into the Bible: 1 what it is, 2 how it is organized, 3 who wrote it, 4 whether it contains error, 5 whether the manuscripts were transmitted accurately, 6 who determined which books were included in the Bible, and 7 what the best English translation is. Booth 2A interpretation contains 6 pamphlets that address 1 why interpretation is important, 2 how it has been done throughout church history, 3 and 4 what some general interpretive principles are, 5 how to improve at interpreting the Bible, and 6 what tools are helpful for interpreting the Bible. Booth 2B meaning contains 7 more pamphlets on big questions like 1 who determines meaning, 2 if there is only one meaning per text, 3 the role of the Spirit in determining meaning, 4 the overall message of the Bible, 5 if the Bible is really all about Jesus, 6 if all the commands still apply today, and 7 why there is so much disagreement about what the Bible means. The hiker now begins the longest leg of the journey pages.
During the two years I was a M. Because of my great respect for Rob, I was delighted to recently read his new book 40 Questions about Interpreting the Bible Kregel Academic, It is well-researched and covers all the major topics that need to be addressed. But it is also written at a level that can be understood by undergrads, seminarians, pastors and other church staff, and even praise the Lord! In other words, this is a book that is not only appropriate for the classroom, but it is appropriate for the church. The reflection questions make this book ideal for hermeneutics classes, church small groups, and church staff group study.