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Enjoy God's Word to the fullest! This classic reader-friendly manual explains the different kinds of biblical literature---such as prophecy, Gospels, poetry, and history---so you can get the most from them. The revised fourth edition includes updated language for today's generation of readers, a new preface, bracketed Scripture references, and redesigned diagrams. 304 pages, softcover from Zondervan.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 7.10 X 4.70 X 1.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0310517826
ISBN-13: 9780310517825

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Understanding the Bible isn’t for the few, the gifted, the scholarly. The Bible is accessible. It’s meant to be read and comprehended by everyone from armchair readers to seminary students. A few essential insights into the Bible can clear up a lot of misconceptions and help you grasp the meaning of Scripture and its application to your twenty-first-century life.

More than three quarters of a million people have turned to How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth to inform their reading of the Bible. This fourth edition features revisions that keep pace with current scholarship, resources, and culture. Changes include:

  • Updated language for better readability
  • Scripture references now appear only in brackets at the end of a sentence or paragraph, helping you read the Bible as you would read any book—without the numbers
  • A new authors’ preface
  • Redesigned and updated diagrams
  • Updated list of recommended commentaries and resources

Covering everything from translational concerns to different genres of biblical writing, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth is used all around the world. In clear, simple language, it helps you accurately understand the different parts of the Bible—their meaning for ancient audiences and their implications for you today—so you can uncover the inexhaustible worth that is in God’s Word.

Author Bio

Gordon D. Fee (PhD, University of Southern California) is Professor Emeritus of New Testament Studies at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Douglas Stuart is Professor of Old Testament and Chair of the Division of Biblical Studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He holds the B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Among his earlier writings are Studies in Early Hebrew Meter, Old Testament Exegesis: A Primer for Students and Pastors, and Favorite Old Testament Passages.

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    The nature of handling such a broad topic as hermeneutics in such a concise and accessible package requires that there will be availability for picking at what was and was not included. Fee and Stuart note that their handling of Bible translations is intentionally not an exhaustive coverage of English Bible translations. However, their handling of the English Standard Version is surprising. One of the fastest growing and more popular modern translations of the Bible received only two mentions and both of these are in passing. The first mention is simply to add it to the list of formal translations. The second mention, however, is problematic for more than its brevity. As they discuss the nature of formal and functional translations in the handling of inclusive nouns, they parenthetically position the ESV as if it were a renderings of special interest group focused more on the removal of women from Scripture than providing any real contribution to the field of Bible translation. It would seem that such a popular translation would warrant discussion. After arguing that multiple translations are needed to properly study the Bible, it would seem that the ESV might be valued for the exact reason they push it aside; it provides a formal translation for a set of passages that have become almost universally translated with a functional equivalency. Should the authors have been of less prestige than they are, one might be tempted to question the involvement of Zondervan in such an oversight. However disappointing this might be, it is not the purpose of the book on the whole and is not problem enough to render the book beyond recommendation. Those translation recommended by the authors is the NIV '11 with the following statement in conclusion, "If you were regularly to read this translation, and then consult at least one from the there other categories (NRSV/NASB; GNB/NAB; REB/NJB), You would be giving yourself the best possible start to an intelligent reading and study of the Bible."

    We ought not major on minors, but I found this to be a disappointing moment in an otherwise wonderful book. As a side note, Fee recommends the ESV in "How to Choose a Translation For All It's Worth" (2007). His reasoning is the improved accuracy of handling gender language when compared to other formal equivalent translations. Again, it's nothing that I would make a big deal over, but it is certainly not the books finest moment. This is a good book, and the book on translations is even better. Get them both.
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