Inductive Bible study is a practical, relevant, and time-tested approach to interpreting Scripture. This volume incorporates insights from contemporary evangelical hermeneutics into an approachable, step-by-step process moving from observation through interpretation and on to the application of God's Word. Each step is viewed through the lenses of the hermeneutical triad, exploring the historical, literary, and theological elements that impact how one observes, interprets, and applies the Bible. Chapter by chapter, Inductive Bible Study explores a broad representation of biblical texts as it illustrates the steps of inductive methodology across the literary landscape of Scripture. Important features of the book include comparing translations, asking the right questions of the text, basic discourse analysis, considering various facets of context, the study of words and phrases, interpretive and thematic correlation, evaluating relevance and determining legitimacy in application, the role of the Holy Spirit in appropriating Scripture, and doing theology as the outflow of inductive Bible study.
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About "Inductive Bible Study"
Meet the Authors
Andreas J Kostenberger
Andreas J. Kostenberger (Drs., Vienna University of Economics, Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is Professor of New Testament/Director of Ph.D. Studies at South East Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest. He is also the editor of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, and the author of numerous books including The Gospel of John (Baker Exegetical Commentary of the New Testament) Encountering the Gospel of John, The Book Study Concordance of the Greek New Testament, and The Missions of Jesus and the Disciples according to the Fourth Gospel.
He also translated Adolf Schlatter's two-volume New Testament Theology. His current publications include The Pastoral Epistles (Revised Expositor's Bible Commentary); A Theology of John's Gospel and Letters: The Word, the Christ, the Son of Godand The Cradle, The Cross and The Crown.
Table Of Contents
unit I            Introduction: Sizing Up The Task
Chapter 1        The Task Of Bible Interpretation: bridging The Gaps
Chapter 2        Inductive Bible Study: a Step-by-step Approach
unit Ii          Observation: Engaging The Text
Chapter 3        Comparing Translations: translations As Tools For Observation
Chapter 4        Asking The Right Questions Of The Text: listening Actively To The Text
Chapter 5        Reading With Discernment: determining Significant Terms
Chapter 6        Having Eyes To See: observing Literary Features
Chapter 7        Determining Literary Units: Basic Discourse Analysis
unit Iii        Interpretation: Investigating The Text
Chapter 8        Considering The Context: historical, Literary, And Theological Kinds Of Context
Chapter 9        Interpretive Correlation: comparing Scripture With Scripture
Chapter 10      Determining The Meaning Of Words And Phrases: lexical And Contextual Analysis
Chapter 11      Thematic Correlation: synthesizing Relevant Motifs For Topical Study
Chapter 12      Consultation: using Research Tools To Enhance Our Study Of The Text
unit Iv        Application: Acting On The Text
Chapter 13      Establishing Relevance And Legitimacy: assessing The Text&'s Applicability To Us Today
Chapter 14      Appropriating The Meaning: living Out The Text In Our World
Chapter 15      Doing Theology: the Outflow Of An Inductive Approach To Scripture