Wednesday Giveaway – Grasping God’s Word

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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, interpreting and applying the Bible, Grasping God’s Word teaches students how to carefully read Scripture in the biblical context, and to dig deeper into the Word of God so they will be able to understand the Bible correctly and apply its meaning to their lives.

There is one copy of Grasping God’s Word available, and this giveaway will run through Thursday.

To enter simply answer this question in the comments below: Which Biblical book or genre do you find most difficult to interpret?


*If you are reading this via Facebook, email, or RSS, please visit the blog to enter. Winners determined by Random Integer Generator.*

  • Tim Bertolet 6 years ago


  • Jonathan Ammon 6 years ago

    I think the book of Nahum is hard to interpret for application today, and difficult to understand Nahum’s representation of God. Song of Solomon is difficult because there are so many theories and the temptation is either to interpret super-literally or spiritualize it to a high degree.

  • Ryentzer 6 years ago

    I love the book of Job. It is full of insightful passages. However, I don’t feel that I walk with the full meaning of the text. I would like a deeper understanding of his sufferings and the ideologies of his friends.

  • Martin Pitcher 6 years ago

    Apocalyptic, here as well.

  • Ben 6 years ago


  • Derek Rogers 6 years ago


  • Brian Pestotnik 6 years ago


  • Allen Bradford 6 years ago


  • Aar241 6 years ago

    Jewish apocryphal literature.

  • Cameron 6 years ago


  • Tim Etherington 6 years ago

    Proverbs. It takes wisdom to gain wisdom and to understand wisdom. Where do you start?!?!

  • Allen Barnes 6 years ago

    Proverbs. Do I argue with a fool, or not?

  • Yvette 6 years ago

    Revelation. I grew up in a Dispensationalism environment, and the more I learn the more I turn from it.

  • Dana Simpson 6 years ago

    Eschatology is the most challenging to me — Daniel, Revalation, etc.

  • James 6 years ago

    Song of Solomon

  • mel 6 years ago

    Imprecatory Psalms :-(

  • Bryan 6 years ago


  • Sheldon Clowdus 6 years ago

    Apocalyptic here as well.

  • Wesley 6 years ago


  • Marcelo Sánchez 6 years ago


  • Noah 6 years ago

    Old Testament Narrative… So easy to moralize the stories so that they are not much more than a Biblical version of Aesop’s fables. I want to connect the individual stories to the ultimate story of redemption and show how each one brings us one step closer to Christ.

  • Jason Chamberlain 6 years ago

    I actually find the Proverbs to be a bit puzzling. They are full of wisdom, to be sure, but we need to remember that they are maxims, not promises. Also, it is difficult to preach Christ from Proverbs.

  • Cliff 6 years ago


  • Paul A. Nierengarten 6 years ago

    Some of the sacrifical laws are difficult to fully understand what they are revealing about God’s character. But I think eschatological material is most difficult.

  • Parker 6 years ago

    Revelation for me

  • Mark VanderWerf 6 years ago

    OT historical narratives – too easy to fall into simple moralisms or forced allegories.

  • william soper 6 years ago

    Song of Songs

  • Jessica Boudreaux 6 years ago

    I think prophetic scripture is the hardest to interpret. You have to look at the time in history it was written, verses are often connected to other verses in other books of the Bible, and the symbols can be hard to define, especially in Daniel and Revelations.

  • Steven 6 years ago

    I think apocalyptic may be the most difficult genre, and Revelation the most difficult book in the genre since it rests so heavily on the rest of the apocalyptic literature.

  • JasonS 6 years ago

    I find wisdom literature to be difficult. Discerning between a generalization and a statement regarding particulars is often difficult. I think that’s why so many of us get hung up on Proverbs 22:6 and expect near-perfect children and then get disappointed when they fail.
    I suppose I should get on the bandwagon with apocalyptic, but to be honest, I read it but don’t spend large amounts of time in apocalyptic sections at the present.

  • Aaron Sellars 6 years ago


  • CS Sweatman 6 years ago


  • Nick Norelli 6 years ago

    I don’t know if they qualify as a genre, but I find genealogies the most confusing bits of Scripture. I know they have deeper significance than simply listing names, but I always have trouble figuring out just what that significance is.

  • Tim Corbeau 6 years ago

    Apocalyptic is sure a challenge, but right now i’m studying Romans 9-11, and there’s plenty of difficulties there too…

  • Chris 6 years ago

    Any type of prophecy due to the amount of symbolism intermixed and used by the author.

  • Robbie Mackenzie 6 years ago

    Prophetic literature. Imprecatory psalms.

  • Craig Hurst 6 years ago

    Drawing out application from narrative and then understanding Revelation.

  • Cesar Vigil-Ruiz 6 years ago

    Poetry. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • bo white 6 years ago

    All of them. Without the Holy Spirit, none of it makes sense.

  • Luke 6 years ago


  • Mark Kemp 6 years ago


  • Harrison Hamada 6 years ago

    For me, I think eschatological material is most difficult especially Daniel and Revelations

  • Rick Wadholm Jr 6 years ago


  • Robert Wiggins 6 years ago


  • Mark Sims 6 years ago

    OT narratives…ditto those above

  • Ryan 6 years ago


  • Stefanos Mihalios 6 years ago

    I find the Gospel of John (and anything Johannine) to be rather challenging.

  • André Kamphuis 6 years ago

    Apocalyptic genre

  • Nathan Williams 6 years ago

    Epistles have been a major study of mine recently. Was Paul writing to all Christians of all time or simply to the brethren of his own time? Was Paul making a rule for all brethren or a rule for the Corinthians? And was it a hard-and-fast rule for the Corinthians? Does the rule or the principle reign?

  • Bill Mazey 6 years ago

    Job or Ecclesiastes

  • Kevin Corbin 6 years ago

    Certainly some of the prophetic, particularly the apocalyptic

  • BradK 6 years ago

    Apocalyptic for sure. We just don’t think that way nowadays.

  • John Brand 6 years ago

    I find wisdom literature the most challenging because it is so different to anything we are familiar with

  • Mike 6 years ago

    Apocalyptic. I want to preach the intent of the text and not come up with some fanciful allegorical interpretation

  • Doug Ward 6 years ago


  • Les Bollinger 6 years ago


  • Stan F. Vaninger 6 years ago

    The Parables of Christ.

  • Andrew 6 years ago

    Historical poetry; never sure how to articulate the referentiality between the worlds in and behind the text …

  • Kelly Joyce 6 years ago

    Even after having gone through an in-depth study I still struggle with Isaiah. Others of the prophetic books are challenging, but I have trouble grasping the time-frames in various parts of Isaiah.

  • Kenneth Bent 6 years ago

    Ezekiel – especially re:Chapter 20 – God gave them ordinances that were “not good”…and how the context interplays with talionic justice

  • Bill Dodrill 6 years ago

    Song of Songs

  • Chris Wehrle 6 years ago

    Paul’s use of the Old Testament is often rather challenging.

  • Ronaldo Ghenov 6 years ago


  • Alan Kyle 6 years ago

    Old Testament poetry

  • Chuck 6 years ago

    Song of Solomon, Ecclesiastes

  • Clay Norman 6 years ago

    Poetic books

  • Harold Simmons 6 years ago

    Apocalyptic like Daniel and Revelation.

  • Mike Lewis 6 years ago


  • Chuck Roberts 6 years ago


  • Jean Knight 6 years ago


  • Chad Brewer 6 years ago

    poetic literature…

  • 6 years ago

    Great question! For me, it is Acts.

  • John 6 years ago

    OT Wisdom literature

  • Jason Bradshaw 6 years ago


  • John Fountain 6 years ago


  • Doug Davis 6 years ago

    Most difficult genre? Apocalyptic.
    Books; last part of Daniel or Revelation.

  • jim menzies 6 years ago

    Apocalyptic and/or Hebrews 6. Argh!

  • Irving Salzman 6 years ago

    I will say Messianic prophecy. The perrenial question is whether it is direct, indirect, typical, etc. Also, the New Testament’s usage of the Old Testament.

  • Ed Kornkven 6 years ago

    OT prophecy.

  • Timothy 6 years ago

    Genre: Apocalyptic… Book: Ezekiel.

  • Eric 6 years ago

    Song of Solomon, I think…

  • Bruce Shauger 6 years ago


  • Dale Cundy 6 years ago


  • Brian 6 years ago

    Wisdom Literature

  • Ron Johnson 6 years ago

    Definitely Apocalyptic for me followed by poetry. Also been reading a lot on New Testament use of the old.

  • Richard Bryson 6 years ago

    The marvelous apocalyptic visions of Zechariah are unquestionably some of the most difficult to interpret in the entire Bible.

  • Bert de Haan 6 years ago

    Prophetic, esp. Isaiah

  • Bert de Haan 6 years ago

    Prophetic, esp. Isaiah

  • Bert de Haan 6 years ago

    Prophetic, esp. Isaiah

  • Bert de Haan 6 years ago

    Prophetic, esp. Isaiah

  • KB Cook 6 years ago

    The “higher/deeper” forms of OT Wisdom — especially Eccl.

  • Charles 6 years ago


  • larry sowders 6 years ago


  • DeLano J. Sheffield 6 years ago

    Hebrew poetry. Language, context, and we tend to think more linear and less cyclical which forces a context that is not always correct.

  • Tim Campbell 6 years ago

    Probably have to go with wisdom literature, closely followed by the prophets.

  • Scott Holman 6 years ago

    OT Prophetic Lit

  • James G 6 years ago


  • Bernard A. Rosario 6 years ago

    Eschatological — Revelation included; but the ones from the OT are even harder.

  • Rod Morris 6 years ago


  • Mike Knox 6 years ago


  • Thomas O’Day 6 years ago


  • Andrew 6 years ago


  • Brian 6 years ago

    Imprecatory psalms, and lament.

  • Terry 6 years ago

    I struggle with Wisdom Literature the most.