Knowing Scripture (Expanded Edition)
:The Bible is the written Word of God, and it is treasured by many. But it is also an ancient book about people and cultures very different than us. Thus, while we know we should read it, many of us...
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:The Bible is the written Word of God, and it is treasured by many. But it is also an ancient book about people and cultures very different than us. Thus, while we know we should read it, many of us have a hard time understanding the Bible.In this expanded edition of Knowing Scripture, R. C. Sproul helps us dig out the meaning of Scripture for ourselves. The author says, "The theme of this book is not how to read the Bible but how to study the Bible." He presents in simple, basic terms a commonsense approach to studying Scripture and gives eleven practical guidelines for biblical interpretation and applying what we learn. With a minimum of technical jargon, Sproul tackles some of the knotty questions regarding differences of interpreting the Bible, including
discovering the meanings of biblical words
understanding Hebrew poetry, proverbs and parables
approaching historical and didactic passages
being careful with predictive prophecy
discerning how culture conditions the Bible
choosing and using Bible translations, commentaries, Bible software and other helps
Now with a new preface, Knowing Scripture is a basic book for both beginning Bible readers and experienced students of Scripture.
R. C. Sproul (1939-2017), theologian, pastor and teacher, was founder of Ligonier Ministries, an international teaching ministry based in Orlando, Florida. He holds doctorate degrees from Free University of Amsterdam and Whitefield Theological Seminary, and is author of more than sixty books, general editor of The Reformation Study Bible and executive editor of Tabletalk magazine. Sproul is senior minister of preaching at Saint Andrew's Chapel and can be heard daily on the radio broadcast Renewing Your Mind.
- :foreword By J. I. Packerpreface
- 1. Why Study The Bibletwo Mythsthe Clarity Of Scripturethe Problem Of Motivationthe Biblical Basis For Bible Studythe Bible As Revelationtheory And Practice The Sensuous Christiana Matter Of Duty
- 2. Personal Bible Study And Private Interpretationmartin Luther And Private Interpretationobjectivity And Subjectivitythe Role Of The Teacher
- 3. Hermeneutics: The Science Of Interpretationthe Analogy Of Faithinterpreting The Bible Literally Literal Interpretation And Genre Analysisthe Problem Of Metaphorthe Medieval Quadrigathe Grammatical-historical Methodsource Criticismauthorship And Datinggrammatical Errors
- 4. Practical Rules For Biblical Interpretationrule 1. Read The Bible Like Any Other Bookrule 2. Read The Bible Existentiallyrule 3. Interpret The Historical Narratives By The Didacticrule 4. Interpret The Implicit By The Explicit Rule 5. Determine Carefully The Meaning Of Words Rule 6. Note The Presence Of Parallelisms Rule 7. Note The Difference Between Proverb And Lawrule 8. Observe The Difference Between The Spirit And The Letter Of The Lawrule 9. Be Careful With Parablesrule 10. Be Careful With Predictive Prophecyrule 11. Interpret The Bible With A Spirit Of Humility
- 5. Culture And The Biblecultural Conditioning And The Biblecultural Conditioning And The Readerprinciple And Custompractical Guidelines
- 6. Practical Tools For Bible Studybible Translationsstudy Bibles The King James Biblecommentaries Concordances, Bible Dictionaries And Atlasesword Studiesforeign Translations What About Greek And Hebrew? Bible Softwarebible Reading Program For Beginnersconclusion