Wednesday Giveaway – “Grasping God’s Word” 3rd Edition

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Grasping God's WordScott Duvall and Daniel Hays’ classic work on hermeneutics, Grasping God’s Word, is now being released in a revised third edition, and this week you have a chance to win a copy! 

The core of the work, which has been embraced by students and teachers around the world, remains the same, but the new edition provides needed updates on the second edition which was published in 2005.

Changes in the third edition include updated cultural references, discussions of recent theological developments, the inclusion of a call to “cross into the rest of Scripture” as an additional step in the Interpretive Journey that emphasizes the Bible’s redemptive arc, and a rearrangement of the text for clarity.

One such rearrangement was the decision to move discussion of Bible translations up to the front of the book, as a way to set the stage for studying how we then go about interpreting the text.

 “We have a chapter on Bible translations because translation itself is unavoidable. God has revealed himself and has asked his people to make that communication known to others. Unless everyone wants to learn Hebrew and Greek (the Bible’s original languages), we will need a translation. Translation is nothing more than transferring the message of one language into another language. We should not think of translation as a bad thing, since through translations we are able to hear what God has said. In other words, translations are necessary for people who speak a language other than Greek or Hebrew to understand what God is saying through his Word.” 

To enter this week’s giveaway, comment below with your answer to this question: What hermeneutical/interpretive question would you hope to find answers for in a book like Grasping God’s Word? 

Also, a bonus entry is available if you comment a second time letting us know that you shared a link to this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, or your blog.


*If you are reading this via Facebook, email, or RSS, please visit the blog to enter. One winner will be determined by Random Integer Generator. Giveaway ends Thursday at midnight*

  • Jonathan Ammon 6 years ago

    I’d like insight into how New Testament usage of the OT fits into hermeneutical principles of today.

  • Doug Hibbard 6 years ago

    I posted the link on Facebook and Twitter: @doughibbard

  • Jean Chip 6 years ago

    I hope to find out more on what did it mean then in order to know how to live it out now.

  • Cliff 6 years ago

    How do we see the Psalms in relation to the unfolding history of Israel?

  • Ruben Gomez 6 years ago

    The relationship between the Old and the New Testament.

  • Cliff 6 years ago

    I tweeted this.

  • Craig Beard 6 years ago

    How to make the hermeneutical move from interpretation to application . . . or, perhaps, to IMplication.

  • Andrew Wencl 6 years ago

    Maybe the NT use of the Psalms.

  • Jason 6 years ago

    How the NT writers appropriated OT texts for their own purposes.

  • Jason 6 years ago

    I tweeted the giveaway

  • David A Booth 6 years ago

    How do we determine whether the poetry used in prophesies implies a figurative or a more literal fulfillment.

  • Byron 6 years ago

    What are some principles for contextualization?

  • Peter Stevens 6 years ago

    How do we interpret the various genre’s of the Old Testament?

  • Peter Stevens 6 years ago
  • Prayson Daniel 6 years ago

    Jesus in old testament

  • Aar241 6 years ago

    Is it possible to reconcile poetry with historical narrative?

  • Aar241 6 years ago

    I posted on my blog!

  • Noel Muscutt 6 years ago

    A good explanation of the already/not-yet. Also, some interaction with biblical theology and sensus plenor.

  • Derek Brover 6 years ago

    How did the Gospel writers find fulfillment of OT texts in their day and is it appropriate for modern expositors and readers to imitate their hermeneutical principles where the Gospel writers have not commented? In particular, is it appropriate to see Joseph’s suffering and rise to power as a picture of Christ’s humiliation and exaltation when no NT writer explicitly makes this connection?

  • Derek Brover 6 years ago

    The giveaway has been tweeted!

  • Mike Neglia 6 years ago

    I’m interested in the redemptive historical approach and I would love to see the author’s take on it.

  • Scott Holman 6 years ago

    how the apostles used the OT

  • Scott Holman 6 years ago

    shared on facebook

  • Ted 6 years ago

    Tools for understanding OT from Christological viewpoint

  • Ted 6 years ago

    i tweeted this

  • Brian 6 years ago

    Is the way the NT writers utilized the OT still legitimate for us today?

  • Jimmy D. 6 years ago

    I would hope to learn more about the various ways the church has dealt with the unity and/or discontinuity of the Bible. Sounds like a great resource!

  • Jimmy D. 6 years ago

    I also shared this on Facebook and Twitter!

  • Joshua 6 years ago

    The right place for historical criticism.

  • Joshua 6 years ago

    Shared on twitter.

  • Barry Bishop 6 years ago

    I would hope that a book like this would have a discussion of the interpretation of the Song of Songs. It has been the most difficult book for me to exegete. Widely different interpretations abound for the SoS and I would like some clarity.

  • Troysko 6 years ago

    How and on what bases should we define biblical genres?

  • Craig Hurst 6 years ago

    NT use of the OT

  • Andrew 6 years ago

    What’s the relationship between the two Testaments and especially in how the NT writers used the OT?

  • Craig Hurst 6 years ago


  • Kevin Corbin 6 years ago

    how do we see Christ without violating the original meaning of the text

  • Jonathan Roberts 6 years ago

    How can we truly grasp the context of a passage?

  • Paul Czarniecki 6 years ago

    How do we truly conclude it’s historical context so that we can properly pull out its meanings and principles for our context?

  • Paul Czarniecki 6 years ago

    Shared on Twitter…

  • Scott King 6 years ago

    I would hope to see the connection between the new testament application of old testament scriptures and their proper correlation

  • Gordon Spivey 6 years ago

    The use of OT by New Testament writers… how is their exegesis to effect ours?

  • Jon 6 years ago

    How to balance the original context, the “what does it mean for me” question, and the communal implications of the Scriptures.

  • Joseph Wipff 6 years ago

    How the NT writers appropriated OT texts

  • Steven Ganz 6 years ago

    What can the use of the Septuagint by the New Testament writers teach us concerning the value of translations in our understanding of the Bible as God’s word?

  • ‘Guerite~BoldLion 6 years ago

    The title of this book grabbed my attention. I would love to learn a lot more from this wonderful book!

  • ‘Guerite~BoldLion 6 years ago

    I just share this on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

  • Alan Jones 6 years ago

    The ministry of the Holy Spirit (illumination)in the whole area of Biblical interpretation.

  • Mary Lou 6 years ago

    I’d like to read what the authors say about translation as I listened to podcast recently with Darrell Bock and other translators discussing the many challenges they face in getting it just right!

  • Steve Scott 6 years ago

    I’d love to see a conversation on various translations and issues surrounding translation. I’m stoked its included in the update!

  • Salvador Gomez 6 years ago

    How did Jesus interpret the OT, and how He quoted it?

  • Bruce 6 years ago

    how the NT writers understood and used OT prophecy

  • Bill Mazey 6 years ago

    What is the degree of transfer? How does this timeless truth apply to today?

  • Dave Sugg 6 years ago

    I am hoping they have improved the section on the law – it was the weakest section in the first two editions.

  • Dave Sugg 6 years ago

    I tweeted the giveaway.

  • Mike Knox 6 years ago

    How to respond to reader-response criticism?

  • Mike Lewis 6 years ago

    Interpreting apocalyptic literature.

  • Alan Kyle 6 years ago

    Can you help me please prepare my preaching and teaching in the Psalms?

  • Kelly 6 years ago

    I’d like to have a better understanding of how to approach the various genres, both individually and complementarily.

  • Cesar Vigil-Ruiz 6 years ago

    How did Jesus use the OT in his open arguments with the Pharisees and how does it apply today?

  • Cesar Vigil-Ruiz 6 years ago

    I posted a link to this post on my Facebook. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Daniel Edwards 6 years ago

    How to interpret with genre in mind.

  • Mike Cummins 6 years ago

    The use of the OT in the NT.

  • micah marchewitz 6 years ago

    There are quite a few questions that I would have, for instance what does Paul mean by the “perfect” in 1 Cor 13:10. Would a Premillennialist interpret differently then an Amillennialist.

  • Lynn Vogel 6 years ago

    I would hope to find information on how to better analyze the general intent behind a book or passage.

  • Lynn Vogel 6 years ago

    I also posted this to facebook.

  • Andrew Compton 6 years ago

    Some principles for understanding biblical historiography.

  • Jon Bolin 6 years ago

    Sabbath for the NT believer

  • Jon Bolin 6 years ago

    Tweeted the giveaway

  • jim menzies 6 years ago

    Finding the transcending principles and being able to relate them to others

  • Harrison Hamada 6 years ago

    I always have trouble dealing with people who are only literalists and don’t understand anagogical, typological,tropological meaning in the Bible. When I say ______ (insert your favorite chuch father or important Christian thinker) said this about that passage. I get the infamous response, “Jesus didn’t go to college”

    My question is. “How can I communicate the importance of hermeneutics to people who reject any interpretive philosophy other than the literal?”

    I also have alot of difficulty communicating with people who insist on isolating an individual verse from the context of a passage, chapter, book or the Bible as a whole.

  • Harrison Hamada 6 years ago

    shared via email and via FB

  • Joshua 6 years ago

    I would like light to be shed on how to interpret and apply the old testament considering the realities of the new covenant in Christ.

  • Paul 6 years ago

    How do you separate the cultural containers from the transcendent truths.

  • Abram K-J 6 years ago

    I’d like to hear more about what to do with the fact that the NT writers so often quoted from the Septuagint, yet our OT Bibles today are translated (at least primarily) from the Hebrew Masoretic Text.

  • Brian Fulthorp 6 years ago

    do they talk about theological interpretation? I also tweeted this which goes to my facebook. :-)

  • Jordan Chapman 6 years ago

    How do we apply the law in the new covenant in a specific way.

  • Bill Hand 6 years ago

    I would like to see good guidance on how the context of an OT quote illuminates its use in the NT.

  • Dwight Gingrich 6 years ago

    I would hope to learn more about the biblical model for hermeneutics–how the Bible interprets itself (OT in NT, etc.) and other internal clues that help us form a truly biblical (and not merely logical) hermeneutic. A host of difficult related questions coul be addressed, such as “Do we have authority to interpret the OT as the NT writers did, or did they have unique authority to do so? What, according to biblical clues, is the purpose of the biblical text? How does that intended function shape our interpretive task? How do we remain under the authority of the Word while we simultaneously exercise interpretive action upon it?”

  • Dwight Gingrich 6 years ago

    I shared this on FB. [I am intrigued to note that most of the hoped-for answers listed above have something to do with the Scripture’s way of reading itself–usually the NT use of the OT, and how that shapes our hermeneutics. Looks like a real felt need! I also strongly affirm the need for more help in not merely possible applications, but discerning intended implications, as Craig Beard noted.]

  • Kyle Jenison 6 years ago

    The place of application driven by the Holy Spirit and the teacher/preacher’s role in delivering exegetically-sound messages

  • Heath Waldeier 6 years ago

    How the new testament writers interpreted the old.

  • Robert McGregor 6 years ago

    OT in NT

  • Rod Morris 6 years ago

    How to distinguish commands or admonitions that are cultural from those that are universal.

  • Mark Heath 6 years ago

    what are legitimate ways to tackle two verses that appear to contradict (how do you pick between possible resolutions)

  • Doyle L. Wesley, Jr. 6 years ago

    I’d like to get help not only in understanding where Jesus is revealed in the Old testament, but also in explaining same to others.

  • Kenneth Bent 6 years ago

    How to properly observe and resolve understanding passages taken literally versus allegorically.

  • Kevin Stern 6 years ago

    The biggest question for me is the New Testament writers use of the Old Testament–why did they do it that way? What does that mean for us?

  • Aaron Sellars 6 years ago

    New Testament use of the Old Testament

  • Kevin Fiske 6 years ago

    I think a helpful discussion would address the balance between grammatical-historical and redemptive historical hermeneutics.

  • Royal Hale 6 years ago

    I would want to know how to best analyze a passage to get the correct meaning and application.

  • Keith 6 years ago

    Dealing with “developmental” element of teachings within the canon–e.g. from “eye for an eye” to loving and blessing your enemies. Discerning its presence (or absence) with regard to specific themes or issues.

  • Shan Hardage 6 years ago

    How the NT uses the OT.

  • Carl 6 years ago

    how to interpret books like Esther and Song of Songs carefully, sympathetically, and accurately, without imposing foreign meaning into the text.

  • Carl 6 years ago


  • Laura Houck 6 years ago

    At what point do you use language literally in Revelation, but then other language you use metaphorically or symbolically?

  • Brandy D 5 years ago

    I would like this book to give me a better understanding of God.

  • Nathan Schmuck 2 weeks ago

    What is the additional step in the Interpretive Journey that emphasizes the Bible’s redemptive arc, and a rearrangement of the text for clarity?