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How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth

Fourth Edition
Gordon D. Fee (Author) , Douglas Stuart (Author)
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Get the most out of your Bible.

In clear, simple language, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth helps you accurately understand the different parts of the Bible—their meaning for ancient audiences and their implications for you today—so you can uncover the inexhaustible wealth of God's Word.

More than a million people have turned to How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth to inform their reading of the Bible. This fourth edition features revisions that keep pace with current scholarship, resources, and culture. Changes include:

  • Updated language for better readability.
  • Scripture references now appear only in brackets at the end of a sentence or paragraph for ease of reading.
  • A new authors' preface.
  • Redesigned and updated diagrams.
  • Updated list of recommended commentaries and resources.

Used all around the world, this Bible resource covers everything from how to choose a good translation to how to understand the different genres of biblical writing.

Understanding the Bible isn't just for the few, the gifted, and the scholarly. The Bible is meant to be read and comprehended by everyone from casual readers to seminary students. Even a few essential insights into the Bible can clear up a lot of misconceptions and help you grasp the meaning of Scripture and its application to your twenty-first-century life.

About the Authors

Gordon D. Fee† (PhD, University of Southern California) was professor emeritus of New Testament Studies at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Douglas Stuart (PhD Harvard) is senior professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He controls the use of fourteen ancient languages and is the author of several books, including Studies in Early Hebrew Meter, Old Testament Exegesis: A Primer for Students and Pastors, and Favorite Old Testament Passages.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Need to Interpret

2. The Basic Tool: A Good Translation

3. The Epistles: Learning to Think Contextually

4. The Epistles: The Hermeneutical Questions

5. The Old Testament Narratives: Their Proper Use

6. Acts: The Question of Historical Precedent

7. The Gospels: One Story, Many Dimensions

8. The Parables: Do You Get the Point?

9. The Law(s): Covenant Stipulations for Israel

10. The Prophets: Enforcing the Covenant in Israel

11. The Psalms: Israel’s Prayers and Ours

12. Wisdom: Then and Now

13. Revelation: Images of Judgment and Hope

Appendix: The Evaluation and Use of Commentaries

How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth Instructors: Dr. Douglas Stuart , Dr. Mark L. Strauss , Dr. Gordon D. Fee

The How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth course helps you get the most out of your Bible-reading experience. Featuring newly updated material and lessons by professors and authors Douglas Stuart and Mark Strauss, the course focuses on historical contexts of the Bible and explains differences between Old Testament narratives, the Epistles, Gospels, Parables, Psalms, and more.

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  • 6 hours of video
  • Self-paced
  • Beginner
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  • Product Details
  • Page Count: 304
  • Format: Softcover
  • ISBN: 9780310517825
  • Release: June 24, 2014
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