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ISBN/ASIN : 0310246040
Manufacturer : Zondervan|
Release data : 01 November, 2003
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The Bible can be a pretty daunting book -- long , diverse, complex etc. So Fee and Stuart have created a masterful overview of Biblical interpretation. Scholarly and easy to read -- how many times have you read those phrases in the same sentence? This is a very helpful practical guidebook to understanding the book of books. Great stuff.
For some reason, I resisted reading this book for years. Now, I wish I'd read it five years ago because it is so full of helpful information.
The authors first give basic principles for interpreting scripture and then go on to apply those principles to the different genres of the Bible - epistles, historical narrative, prophetic literature, poetry, wisdom literature, etc. They also give sound principles for dealing with the more controversial issues of scripture with great balance and wisdom. The chapter on the book of Revelation alone is worth the purchase price.
The book also contains a fine appendix listing recommended commentaries for each book of the Bible. They also explain how to choose a good commentary and how to use the commentary once you've chosen it.
In short, this is a wonderful book. I don't think I agree with everything they say, but they have graciously given permission to have disagreement on these things. In fact, I believe they actually model for the Christian community how to have dignified and loving disagreements (which they seem to have with each other on a couple of points) on matters that are not central to the faith, but still important. Their love and respect for scripture shines through every page, as does their humility in approaching it.
For King James Only Readers...
If you are like that last reviewer who only reads the King James Version and relies solely on the Holy Spirit for illumination...
I wot what thou dost wist.
(If you can read the preceeding sentence, then the KJV is the Bible for you!) The Reformers practiced the same basic methods of Bible study that Fee is teaching in this book. The Reformers--Luther, Calvin, etc.--made themselves familiar with ancient culture and language as well as with the opinions of godly commentators before them. When the Reformation came to England the Bible Christians used was the Geneva Bible of 1599. It was the dominant Bible of English Protestants for many decades AFTER the KJV was published in 1611.