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October 28, 2019 | ZA Blog
Hermeneutics in Action: Interpreting John's Gospel, by N. T. Wright and Michael F. Bird
“The task of hermeneutics is to clarify this miracle of understanding, which is not a mysterious communion of souls, but sharing in a comm...
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April 28, 2018 | Jeremy Bouma
How to Read the Bible in Context
 The Bible is not just any book. It is God’s Word to us, given using a number of literary genres, through the stories of a cast of rotati...
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May 16, 2017 | Jeremy Bouma
How to Apply the Bible to Your Life in Four Steps
One hallmark of biblical interpretation is the meant-means distinction: we need to determine what the Bible meant (to the original author an...
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March 28, 2017 | Jeremy Bouma
Hermeneutics 101: Reasons, Challenges, and Benefits of Biblical Interpretation
Almost ten years ago I was introduced to hermeneutics by William Klein, Craig Blomberg, and Robert Hubbard in the first semester of my M.Div...
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June 16, 2016 | ZA Blog
How in the World are We Reading the Same Bible? - An Excerpt from The Blue Parakeet
Women in Leadership. Participation in war. Charismatic gifts.  We can all agree that we don't always agree on topics such as these. How is i...
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June 10, 2015 | ZA Blog
5 Steps to Understanding Any Biblical Text: The Interpretive Journey from "Grasping God's Word"
How can we know what the Bible means? This extract from Grasping God's Word may serve as a quick guide to "the interpretive journey." This ...
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July 22, 2014 | Jeremy Bouma
Want to Read the Bible Well? Then Read It This Way, Which Leviticus Illustrates
True confession: I was once a professional Bible quizzer. As a teenager I memorized John 1, 3, 5 and 8; 2 Corinthians 1-10; and all of Ephe...
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July 15, 2014 | Jeremy Bouma
Is Acts Descriptive or Prescriptive? Here's How to Read It For All Its Worth
People come to the book of Acts for a variety of reasons. Some come for history. Others for apologetics. Many, though, come seeking a model...
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July 8, 2014 | Jeremy Bouma
Exegesis and Hermeneutics: The Bible Interpreter's Two Most Important Tasks
“The test of good interpretations is that it makes good sense of what is written.” (22) For 33 years that guiding principle has sat at th...
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November 13, 2013 | Jeremy Bouma
Al Mohler and Peter Enns on Biblical Inerrancy
This morning we introduced and launched a giveaway contest for a new cogent resource that engages one of the most contemporary conversations...
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June 26, 2013 | ZA Blog
Wednesday Giveaway - How to Read the Bible for All It's Worth
This week’s giveaway is a classic book on biblical interpretation from Gordon Fee and Douglas Stewart, How to Read the Bible for All Its Wo...
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May 16, 2012 | ZA Blog
Wednesday Giveaway - "Grasping God's Word" 3rd Edition
Scott Duvall and Daniel Hays’ classic work on hermeneutics, Grasping God’s Word, is now being released in a revised third edition, and this ...
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April 11, 2012 | ZA Blog
Wednesday Giveaway - Living God's Word
Too often our reading of Scripture is disjointed – a sermon on John, a Bible study in Genesis, reading a Psalm each day with our devotions –...
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August 10, 2011 | ZA Blog
Wednesday Giveaway - Grasping God's Word
I’m excited to announce this week’s giveaway, Grasping God’s Word by Scott Duvall and Daniel Hays! An indispensable approach to reading, in...
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May 4, 2011 | ZA Blog
Wednesday Giveaway: Is There a Meaning in This Text?
This week’s giveaway is a classic, a special tenth anniversary edition of Kevin Vanhoozer’s Is There a Meaning in This Text?. Featuring a n...
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February 25, 2011 | ZA Blog
Barth on the Word and Scripture
“For Barth, the Word of God (i.e., the event of God’s self-revelation) is always a new work, a free decision of God that cannot be bound to...
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