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Grasping God's Word: A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible
Duvall, J. Scott and J. Daniel Hays

Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012 pp. 506. $39.99

Description: Just as a rock climberís handhold enables him to master the mountain, a firm grasp on Godís Word empowers us to traverse the challenging, risky slopes of life. Grasping Godís 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 ďInspiration and Canon,Ē numerous updates throughout the rest of the book, new exercises, and updated bibliographies. Grasping Godís Word progresses through the following five sections: 1. How to Read the Book---Basic Tools 2. Contexts---Now and Then 3. Meaning and Application 4. The Interpretive Journey---New Testament 5. The Interpretive Journey---Old Testament

Subjects: Bible, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches

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Review by Frank England
Published 4/1/2014
Citation: Frank England, review of J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays, Grasping God's Word: A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2014).

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