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In A Basic Guide to Interpreting the Bible, senior New Testament scholar Robert Stein helps readers identify various biblical genres, understand the meaning of biblical texts, and apply that meaning to contemporary life. This edition has been completely revised throughout to reflect Stein's current thinking and changes to the discipline over the past decade. Students of the Bible will find the book effective in group settings.
Part 1: The General Rules of Interpretation
Who Makes Up the Rules? An Introduction to Hermeneutics
Defining the Rules: A Vocabulary for Interpretation
Can Anyone Play This Game? The Spirit and Biblical Interpretation
Different Games in the Same Book: Different Forms of Scripture
Part 2: The Specific Rules for the Individual Games
The Game of Stories: Biblical Narrative
The Game of Rules: Covenants and Laws
The Game of Rhythm: Poetry
The Game of Songs: Psalms
The Game of Wisdom: Proverbs
The Game of Prediction: Prophecy
The Game of Jargon: Idioms
The Game of Comparison: Parables
The Game of Exaggeration: Overstatement and Hyperbole