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With his usual common sense and enthusiasm, Sproul explores why every Christian should study the Bible and why so many get discouraged. He then offers clear explanations of 11 basic steps of interpretation and gives simple how-to's for using them. Excellent for beginning Bible readers and experienced students of Scripture. Includes suggestions for further study. 144 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 083083723X
ISBN-13: 9780830837236
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Publisher's Description

The Bible is the written Word of God, and it is treasured by many. But it is also an ancient book about people and cultures very different than us. Thus, while we know we should read it, many of us have a hard time understanding the Bible. In this updated edition of Knowing Scripture, R. C. Sproul helps us dig out the meaning of Scripture for ourselves. The author says, "The theme of this book is not how to read the Bible but how to study the Bible." He presents in simple, basic terms a commonsense approach to studying Scripture and gives eleven practical guidelines for biblical interpretation and applying what we learn. With a minimum of technical jargon, Sproul tackles some of the knotty questions regarding differences of interpreting the Bible, including
  • discovering the meanings of biblical words
  • understanding Hebrew poetry, proverbs and parables
  • approaching historical and didactic passages
  • being careful with predictive prophecy
  • discerning how culture conditions the Bible
  • choosing and using Bible translations, commentaries, Bible software and other helps
Knowing Scripture is a basic book for both beginning Bible readers and experienced students of Scripture.

Author Bio

R. C. Sproul (PhD, Whitefield Theological Seminary) is founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, an international Christian education ministry located near Orlando, Florida. He is also co-pastor of Saint Andrew's Chapel in Sanford, Florida, chancellor of Reformation Bible College and executive editor of magazine. He can be heard on the radio program , which is broadcast on hundreds of radio outlets in the United States and around the world. Sproul has written more than ninety books, including , and . He has contributed dozens of articles to national evangelical publications, has spoken at conferences, churches and schools around the world, and also serves as general editor of the .

Editorial Reviews

"A contemporary classic to learning, understanding and applying scripture for beginning Bible students and practiced theologians. Sproul is a master at both teaching the Bible and in studying in a way that draws you closer to the heart and mind of God. In this revised edition of the worl, Sproul provides even more guidelines for reading, study and application of the Bible's truths."
"This little book should be required reading for any beginning student of the Bible."
"Probably the best, most readable introduction to biblical interpretation available."
"The Bible excites him and his excitement is infectious."

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Knowing scripture
    November 26, 2015
    Lilly
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    This is a really great book to help when you are reading your bible and you really don't understand the scriptures
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent intro to biblical interpretation
    September 21, 2015
    J. Luis Dizon
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I read this book during my time in bible college for the introductory class on biblical interpretation. This is a great introductory text on Biblical Hermeneutics (the science of interpreting the Bible). There are many other texts on this topic, but the conciseness of this book makes it highly approachable for laypeople. R.C. Sproul (who is a master at taking difficult concepts and breaking them down for the average churchgoer) shows that studying the Bible need not be a difficult task, but that a few simple guidelines can make it a workable task for anyone who truly wants to plumb the depths of the riches of the word of God. With this text, anyone doing bible study can avoid some of the elementary mistakes many people make in attempting to interpret the Bible, and be able to accurately discern its meaning, which will aid in its application in all other areas of life.
  3. Pasadena, MD
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    Master Teacher
    August 18, 2015
    Mike
    Pasadena, MD
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is another must read book by the master teacher, R. C. Sproul. It is a concise, well thought out instruction manual on interpreting Scripture. Besides the value of such instruction to the believer, it is an excellent aide in the field of apologetics when unbelievers fail to apply the rules of interpretation which often leads to their error. I highly recommend it.
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    May 16, 2012
    Janice
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    This review was written for Knowing Scripture - eBook.
    It reminds us Christians of the need to study, not just read, God's Word.
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