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Overview An indispensable approach to reading, interpreting and applying the Bible that 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. Revised and updated edition.
Publishers Description '...a wonderfully user-friendly book for serious readers who desire to journey into the world of the Bible in order to better understand it and to live faithfully in today's world.'---From the foreword by Kevin J. Vanhoozer'Excellent, practical, and accurate. It leads students from the most fundamental building blocks of interpretation (including skills that most beginning students lack) through all the essential processes.'---Craig S. Keener, Professor of New Testament, Eastern SeminaryJust as a rock climber's handhold enables him to master the mountain, a firm grasp on God's Word empowers us to traverse the challenging, risky slopes of life. Grasping God's Word helps college students, beginning seminary students, and other serious readers get a grip on the solid rock of Scripture---how to read it, how to interpret it, and how to apply it.Filling the gap between approaches that are too simple and others that are too technical, this book starts by equipping readers with general principles of interpretation, then moves on to apply those principles to specific genres and contexts. Features include: * Proven in classrooms across the country* Hands-on exercises to guide students through the interpretation process* Emphasis on real-life application* Supplemented by a website for professors providing extensive teaching materials* Accompanying workbook (sold separately)This second edition includes an appendix on 'Inspiration and Canon, ' numerous updates throughout the rest of the book, new exercises, and updated bibliographies.Grasping God's Word progresses through the following five sections: 1. How to Read the Book---Basic Tools2. Contexts---Now and Then3. Meaning and Application4. The Interpretive Journey---New Testament5. The Interpretive Journey---Old Testament
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.29" Width: 7.62" Height: 1.4" Weight: 2.04 lbs.
Release Date Aug 2, 2005
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310259665 ISBN13 9780310259664 UPC 025986259662
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More About J. Scott Duvall & J. Daniel Hays
J. Scott Duvall (PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of New Testament and J. C. and Mae Fuller Chair of Biblical Studies at Ouachita Baptist University. He is the author or coauthor of many articles and books, including "The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook" and "Revelation" in the Teach the Text Commentary Series.
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interpretive journey with Duvall and Hays Mar 16, 2007
Grasping God's Word has great structure with easy-to-follow, step-by-step outlines and repetitive themes to reinforce what is being taught, such as the four steps of interpretive journey (which become five steps to dealing with the Old Testament) referred to throughout the book. Grasping the text in their town, measuring the width of the river to cross, crossing the principlizing bridge and grasping the text in our town provide readers with excellent illustrations of steps for the interpretive journey. Numerous passages of Scripture are explored using these steps in various places in the book. The authors provide numerous Bible examples of these. The reader is given a review at the end of many of the chapters to further drive home the valuable concepts being taught.
Duvall and Hays offer good examples of how different episodes in the gospels connect with each other (p. 67-8) along with interpretive principles to determine what the smaller stories tell us about Jesus and what the authors of the individual gospels are saying by the way the shorter stories are put together (p. 239). Contrasting characters in the biblical text is another literary device that Duvall and Hays encourage readers to look for as they study the gospels. They illustrate this concept well with numerous biblical characters. Duvall and Hays give readers insight into how to make observations and pick up clues dropped by the writer of the biblical narrative (p. 302).
Duvall and Hays make the point that biblical interpretation needs to be approached within the framework of the Historical-Cultural context, because this is how God gave the Bible (p. 96). This is logical because if interpretation of a passage does not make sense in the context of the time of the writing, it is a misinterpretation.
Unfortunately, the authors' understanding of the Old Covenant is flawed. One of the ways this manifests itself is in their writing about the Old Covenant. Duvall and Hays believe the Old Testament saints main focus was the Law, whereas New Testament saints are saved by grace (p. 366). Scripture teaches, though, that God's people under the Old Covenant were saved by grace through faith (Gen. 15.6; Ex. 14.31; Jonah 3.5; Hab. 2.4), just like those under the New Covenant (Eph. 2.8).
Duvall and Hays have a flawed understanding of certain aspects of the New Covenant as well. They caution readers not to be Judaizers in the application of the Old Testament prophets. They believe that the message of judgment does not apply to Christians because they are under the New Covenant. They believe that when a Christian is unfaithful it hurts God emotionally, and it damages the relationship with Him, though judgment is only for unbelievers (p. 366). But according to the New Testament, judgment begins with believers (1 Peter 4.17), and God will chastise His people living in sin (1 Cor. 5.5, 11.29-31; Heb. 12.3-11).
Even though readers may disagree with Duvall & Hays' theological prospectives, particularly pertaining to the Old Covenant, Grasping God's Word is well written and provides a useful tool for interpreting Scripture. Readers might desire more information about certain topics but, for the most part, Grasping God's Word is quite extensive.
The Proper Tool for the Job Mar 7, 2007
I purchased this as a textbook for a seminary course I am taking. That being said, if I had known what a wonderful tool this would be in learning how to dig deeper into God's word, I would have bought it for personal enrichment alone. The authors do an admirable job of breaking down the elements of Hermeneutics in a way that can be understood and applied by anyone. Each chapter has multiple examples of how to apply the principle being taught and the practice exercises at the end of each chapter are enlightening and instructive. This tool works just like any other, the more often you pick it up, the deeper you can dig. If your goal is to wring out all the spiritual nourishment you can from the Bible, This is the proper tool for the job. As a side benefit, it also sharpens your critical reading skills as applied to other source material. By the way, this is now a permanent part of my library. I couldn't resell it if I wanted to due to the extensive highlighting on every page!
Excellent text book Jan 25, 2007
Not a bad little text book. Gives good insight on reading and undestanding the Bible for my class.
Understand the Bible for Yourself Jan 24, 2007
This is an excellent book to help the Bible student learn how to interpret the Scriptures after crossing the river of time, culture, language, situation, convenant, etc. It is practical and easy to read.
I used this book in college and have taught from it in the church. Duvall and Hays have given Bible students the Koine (common/every-man) version of a Biblical Interpretation textbook. I believe young and old alike will find this textbook to be most helpful in understanding the Bible as Holy Spirit inspired literature within the first-century historical-cultural context.
What did the original author mean? What study aids should I use in learning about the social, historical, political, economic, and religious aspects of the original author's day? What about the role of the Holy Spirit in Biblical Interpretation? This book will answer these questions and more. And there are even pictures to help!
This book can help you learn practical steps to unlocking ancient truths in the Scripture in the midst of our modern contemporary 21st century Western culture. There is a workbook that you may purchase also. It may be very helpful to the serious learner.
Don't rely on a pastor or Sunday School teacher for truth any longer. Learn to study the Bible for yourself!
I also suggest reading: "How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth" by Fee & Stuart and "How to Read the Bible as Literature" by Leland Ryken after you have gone through "Grasping God's Word."
Teachers: I use Dr. Bob Utley's "You Can Understand the Bible Seminar: Historical-Grammatical Method of Interpretation" (Bible Lessons International) lecture notes and notebook as the main teaching guide. I use "Grasping God's Word" as the text for the class.
HOGWASH!!!!! Sep 24, 2006
This is classic case of buffet style bible reading. It's all well and good if we focus on the touchy-feely parts of the bible and come away with that same warm and fuzzy feeling that drives the sale of Christian books and stupefies the simple minded into filling the collection plates.
If the bible was divinely inspired, then every bit of it should conform to all known facts in nature. Every bit of it should uplifting, useful, and good. Every bit of it should be true. Yet we find vile and repugnant things that are commanded, condoned, or personally carried out by old Yahweh himself. Over the years, mankind is left with the task of smoothing over, reinterpreting and in most cases outright ignoring some of the more despicable and ridiculous parts of the bible.
Is it any wonder Scott Duvall did not explain too well: Deuteronomy 21: 1-8 ....... If you find a dead body and don't know the cause of death, then get all the elders together, cut off the head of a heifer, wash your hands over its body, and say our hands have not shed this blood.
Did Mr. Duvall grasp God's word when he (God) commanded:
Exodus 35: 2-3 Whoever works, or even kindles a fire, on the Sabbath "shall be put to death." Leviticus 24: 10-23 A man curses and blasphemes while disputing with another man. Moses asks God what to do about it. God says that the whole community must stone him to death. "And the children of Israel did as the Lord and Moses commanded." Deuteronomy 13: 6-10 If your brother, son, daughter, wife, or friend tries to get you to worship another god, "thou shalt surely kill him, thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death."
Forgiveness, love, compassion is all well and good but Scott Duvall was not willing to grasp and apply God's word in Numbers 31: 1-54
Under God's direction, Moses' army defeats the Midianites. They kill all the adult males, but take the women and children captive. When Moses learns that they left some live, he angrily says: "Have you saved all the women alive? Kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves." So they went back and did as Moses (and presumably God) instructed, killing everyone except for the virgins. In this way they got 32,000 virgins.
Readers, you would be better off taking a secular humanistic approach to a better life than having someone reinterpret and repackage accent tribal nonsense.