The second in the series organized around common FAQs, 40 Questions about Interpreting the Bible tackles the major questions that students, pastors and professors ask about the hermeneutics of reading the bible (i.e. understanding the bible). This is a constant field of study by professor and student alike which empowers the pastor to teach with confidence. Robert Plummer parses the discussion into four parts: getting started, approaching the bible generally, approaching specific texts, and issues in recent discussion. In each section the forty questions lead each exploration. This allows teachers to embrace this book as a textbook and the curious student to engage the book on a pick and choose basis to discover what issues are most pertinent to their study. Sure to be a happy tool for the professor 40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible will be essential reading for the student seeking to advance expertly in his biblical studies.
40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible
Robert L. Plummer; edited by Benjamin L. Merkle
Part 1: Getting Started: Text, Canon, and Translation
1. What is the Bible?
2. How is the Bible organized?
3. Who wrote the Bible?humans or God?
4. Does the Bible contain error?
5. Were the ancient manuscripts of the Bible transmitted accurately?
6. Who determined what books would be included in the Bible?
7. Which is the best English Bible translation?
Part 2: Approaching the Bible Generally
A. Questions Related to Interpretation
8. Why is biblical interpretation important?
9. How has the Bible been interpreted throughout church history?
10. What are some general principles for interpreting the Bible? (Part 1)
11. What are some general principles for interpreting the Bible? (Part 2)
12. How can I improve as an interpreter of the Bible?
13. What are some helpful books or tools for interpreting the Bible?
B. Questions Related to Meaning
14. Who determines the meaning of a text?
15. Can a text have more than one meaning?
16. What is the role of the Holy Spirit in determining meaning?
17. What is the overarching message of the Bible?
18. Is the Bible really all about Jesus?
19. Do all the commands of the Bible apply today?
20. Why can’t people agree on what the Bible means?
Part 3: Approaching Specific Texts
A. Shared Genres (Questions Apply Equally to Old and New Testaments)
21. How do we identify literary genre?and why does it matter?
22. How do we interpret historical narrative?
23. How do we interpret prophecy? (Part 1?General Guidelines)
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24. How do we interpret prophecy? (Part 2?Typology)
25. How do we interpret apocalyptic literature?
26. How do we interpret exaggerated or hyperbolic language?
27. How do we interpret figures of speech?
B. Primarily Old Testament Genres
28. How do we interpret proverbs?
29. How do we interpret poetry?
30. How do we interpret the psalms? (Part 1?Classification of Psalms)
31. How do we interpret the psalms? (Part 2?Principles of Interpretation)
C. Primarily New Testament Genres
32. How do we interpret parables? (Part 1?History of Interpretation)
33. How do we interpret parables? (Part 2?Principles of Interpretation)
34. How do we interpret letters or epistles? (Part 1?Structure and Nature)
35. How do we interpret letters or epistles? (Part 2?General Guidelines)
Part 4: Issues in Recent Discussion
36. What does the Bible tell us about the future?
37. What is biblical criticism?
38. What is “Speech Act Theory”?
39. What is the “theological interpretation of Scripture”?
40. What are some other recent trends in biblical interpretation?
Index of Scripture and Ancient Sources