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.
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.