A Basic Guide to Interpreting the Bible, 2nd edition: Playing by the Rules  -     By: Robert H. Stein
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A Basic Guide to Interpreting the Bible: Playing by the Rules is a book that lives up to its name, and provides a firm bedrock from which to study, interpret, and understand the Bible and its myriad genres.

Senior New Testament scholar Robert Stein helps readers identify various biblical genres, develop the skills to extrapolate meaning from biblical texts, and apply that meaning to contemporary life.

Having undergone a complete revision to reflect Stein's current thinking and changes to the discipline over the past decade, students of the Bible at all levels will find the book effective in group settings, classrooms, and for personal study.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Baker Academic
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 080103373X
ISBN-13: 9780801033735
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Publisher's Description

In this accessible 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.

Praise for the first edition

"Stein's work is both a fine introduction to the task of biblical hermeneutics for the novice and an innovative refresher for the veteran teacher or pastor."--Faith & Mission

Author Bio

Robert H. Stein (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary), now retired, most recently served as senior professor of New Testament interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He previously taught at Bethel Seminary. A world-renowned scholar of the Synoptic Gospels, he is the author of several books, including Mark in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Studying the Synoptic Gospels, Luke, and Jesus the Messiah.

Endorsements

Bob Stein is a wise and seasoned interpreter of Scripture, and these qualities are on full display in this wonderfully practical book on how to interpret the Bible. Readers will find here a sound hermeneutical approach that is applied to a variety of genres in the Scriptures. This is an ideal book both for university and seminary courses and for laypersons who desire a guide to understanding the Scriptures.
--Thomas R. Schreiner,
James Buchanan Harrison Professor of Biblical Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

In lucid and engaging style, Robert Stein explores an author-centered hermeneutic for biblical interpretation. The reader benefits from clear definitions of key concepts and creative examples of these concepts in action, as well as exercises that can be used to augment the learning process. An accessible introduction to a complex topic.
--Jeannine K. Brown, professor of New Testament, Bethel Seminary Reviews

Anyone who has tried to provide sanity and order to the hermeneutical montage that surfaces during home Bible studies will welcome this eminently readable book by Robert Stein. He writes for those new to the field of biblical interpretation, avoiding wherever possible technical terms and jargon, and clearly defining his terms when such language is unavoidable. . . . What the reader will find helpful, especially when using this book for teaching purposes, is its numerous scriptural examples, timely illustrations, and clarifying schematics. Teacher and student are served by the discussion questions at the end of each chapter. . . . Stein has given us a most illuminating and helpful tool for guiding students of the Bible to a clear path leading to a more accurate interpretation and application of the Scriptures.
--James D. Hernando, Encounter Journal

All in all, the book is highly readable (no mean feat these days) and very suitable for use in colleges and congregational adult education; one might even consider using it as a supplemental text in a seminary course.
--Rich Erickson, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Clearer, more insightful, and more useful than other hermeneutical guides presently targeting the same audience of beginning Bible students.
--Jeff W. Childers, Restoration Quarterly

This is a useful book. It is lucid, up-to-date, and basic without being patronising.
--Barry Webb, Reformed Theological Review

"Stein's work is both a fine introduction to the task of biblical hermeneutics for the novice and an innovative refresher for the veteran teacher or pastor.
--Jeffrey T. Riddle, Faith & Mission

Devout, sane, and well informed.
--John Wenham, Christian Arena

Stein has provided a very useful guide to biblical interpretation. While written for people first learning to study the Bible, it contains a wealth of information for more advanced students.
--D—nal O'MathÅ"na, Ashland Theological Journal

Another useful handbook for students, this time in the area of hermeneutics. It differs from other books in several ways. First of all it is, as [Stein] intends, basic, presenting the issues and methods in a 'non-technical way'--no mean achievement in this field.
--David Parker, Evangelical Review of Theology

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    A Must Read and a Must Re-Read.
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    This is the best book I have ever picked up on Bible interpretation. To be a faithful student of the Word, we need to know how to interpret the Bible, and this is the book for us. Dr. Stein spends considerable time exhaustively teaching the necessary need for biblical interpretation and gives great guidelines for each different genre of Scripture (poetry, narrative, epistle, etc), and much much more.

    After carefully reading this book, your relationship with God and your knowledge of the Scriptures will deepen like never before. If I could afford to place this book into the hands of every eager Bible student, I would in a heartbeat. This book is truly a masterpiece.
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    This review was originally written for a popular Christian apologetics site. For the sake of brevity only the conclusion is included here:

    A Basic Guide to Interpreting the Bible is a great introduction to scriptural hermeneutics. Without using too much technical language, Dr. Stein is able to present important information to the reader. He makes using the book for study more accessible by including a glossary, an index, and a list of scriptural references. Stein also encourages group discussion of his book by including a series of review and thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter. BiblicalTraining.org has recently made available a series of lectures by Stein that follows his book.

    Any Christian will benefit from reading this book; however, the apologist will get an extra benefit of being able to ensure that they are defending what scripture actually teaches. For those already quite familiar with interpretive methods, this book can serve as a good recommendation for those who are new to proper hermeneutics and may merely be curious, but don't want to get overwhelmed. This particular copy was lent to this reviewer, but his own copy will be purchased as this is one that needs to be on the shelf for future reference and lending out to other friends.
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