Inductive Bible Study: Observation, Interpretation, and Application through the Lenses of History, Literature, and Theology  -     By: Richard Alan Fuhr Jr., Andreas J. Kostenberger
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Why another book on inductive Bible study? Since Robert Traina's Methodical Bible Study was published in 1952, dozens of books, ranging from popular-level works to academic textbooks, have presented a methodical, inductive approach to the study of Scriptures. This inductive Bible study is a practical, relevant, and time-tested approach to interpreting Scripture. Yet as evangelical scholarship of the Bible yields greater insight to the field of hermeneutics, there's an ever-present need to incorporate those advances into a usable, applied guide for the study of the Bible.

Fuhr and Köstenberger's Inductive Bible Study incorporates insights from contemporary evangelical hermeneutics into an approachable, step-by-step process moving from observation through interpretation and on to the application of God's Word. Each step is viewed through the lenses of the hermeneutical triad, exploring the historical, literary, and theological elements that impact how one observes, interprets, and applies the Bible. Chapter by chapter, Inductive Bible Study explores a broad representation of biblical texts as it illustrates the steps of inductive methodology across the literary landscape of Scripture. Helpful features of the text include:

  • Asking the right questions of the text
  • Comparing translations
  • Considering various facets of context
  • The study of words and phrases
  • Basic discourse analysis
  • The role of the Holy Spirit in approaching Scripture
  • Determining legitimacy in application and
  • Doing theology as the flow of inductive Bible study

Fuhr and Köstenberger offer a hermeneutically sensitive, step-by-step approach to inductive Bible study that will bring insight and practical benefit to many who endeavor to know God through the depths and riches of his Word, the Bible. Inductive Bible Study is an ideal textbook for courses in biblical interpretation, and for anyone who desires to better understand and teach Scripture.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: B&H Academic
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 9 X 6 X .75 (inches)
ISBN: 1433684144
ISBN-13: 9781433684142

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Author Bio

Andreas J. Köstenberger is founder of Biblical Foundations™ and Senior Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. He is a prolific author and distinguished evangelical scholar.

Richard Alan Fuhr Jr. is Associate Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Studies at Liberty University School of Divinity in Lynchburg, VA. He is co-author of The Message of the Twelve: Hearing the Voice of the Minor Prophets.

Editorial Reviews

"This wonderful new volume by Fuhr and Köstenberger is a breath of fresh air. It turns our attention back to where it belongs, namely on God’s Word. It will be a great blessing to every believer eager to understand the Scriptures better."

—Michael J. Kruger, president and professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC

"It is exciting to see this work that blends the inductive method with the historical disciplines. . . . Our deep thanks are due KÓ§stenberger and Fuhr for this invaluable resource for quality Bible study."

—Grant R. Osborne, professor emeritus, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL

"Fuhr and KÓ§stenberger’s new book will help a new generation of students discover the joy of studying the Bible for themselves. Here you will find a hermeneutically sound and accessible guide to studying the Bible inductively."

—Robert L. Plummer, professor of New Testament interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY, and host of www.DailyDoseOfGreek.com

"I know of no other book that covers such a wide range of issues with such user-friendly expertise and wise simplicity. Read it to (re)kindle excitement about mining Scripture’s inexhaustible riches!"

—Robert W. Yarbrough, professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO

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  1. Georgia, USA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Book I Wish I'de Had In School
    January 15, 2017
    PreacherNorm
    Georgia, USA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Inductive Bible Study, by Richard Alan Fuhr and Andreas J. Kostenberger, is the book I wish Ide had for Hermeneutics I when I was in school!

    I did have great Hermeneutics classes and teachers when I first went to preaching school in 96, and for further classes in Biblical Hermeneutics over the years since. Ive also used a variety of textbooks as Ive had the opportunity to teach Hermeneutics classes. Most recently, I taught from Fee and Stuarts How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth. Until reading Inductive Bible Study, Fee and Stuarts book was my favorite Hermeneutics text. Thats changed now!

    I would put Inductive Bible Study on about the same intermediate level as How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth. However, I prefer the systematic inductive approach to Bible study taught in Inductive Bible Study. Stuart and Fee take a genre-based approach and many of the same principles taught in Inductive Bible Study are overly restricted to specific genres in How To.

    I also found Fuhr and Kostenberger easier to read than Stuart and Fee, and much, much easier than Osborne (The Hermeneutical Spiral). Of course, each of these books has their strong points and I would recommend all three. But, in my opinion, Fuhr and Kostenberger have the more accessible approach with a broader appeal. That is, I think that Inductive Bible Study would be better received by more people than would be the others. The main reason being that the language used is less technical, making it much easier to read than the others. Fuhr and Kostenbergers writing style gets the same quality of information across as Fee and Stuart but in a more enjoyable read, in my opinion.

    Inductive Bible Study has many tables of great quick reference information that will keep a person coming back to it over and over again as they grow in their Bible study method. The information is presented in a concise, easy to read, manner with summaries and great tables for quick reference later.
  2. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    really helpful in learning the Word!
    December 28, 2016
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What a time for this book to be published for anyone who wants to learn how to go deeper in their study of the Bible! Please dont let the long title or any of the title/subtitle turn you away from a very helpful tool! Personally, I love studying using the inductive method as it really helps me grow closer to the Lord and understanding Him via His Word!

    The authors do a masterful job of taking their time to explain each step in digging deeper to uncover what the Bible says to each person. Take your time to learn each step and practice it, even consider doing so with a friend. Study guides aside, this is the best way I know to really learn and remember what a book says about God, Jesus, The Spirit, faith, grace and much, much more!

    Unlike other books of this nature that show various ways to approach the Scriptures, this one takes the reader by the hand and shows them how to do each step in a way that is easy to grasp and utilize. Some folks may know this method of studying as a manuscript way, and it could be called by that title. But the authors want to show us how to take an approach that includes history, literature and theology so everyday folks can be amazed in their time alone with the Lord.

    If you dont want to mark in your Bible, there are Bibles to purchase designed for inductive study. The authors include an extensive bibliography so people can continue to read and aid their study time. Also included is a Subject Index for easy access when a refresher is needed for a person or to add the next step in Inductive Bible study. My son originally pointed out this book to me as he knows the inductive method I taught him when he was younger. Now, he is a grown man who by the grace of God wants to continue to learn and sharpen his knowledge so he can be a better disciple of the Lord.

    Please consider using this either as a way to learn in your time along with God, small group, teaching or mentoring others! Here is a great tool to encourage the Body of Christ to dig deeper so their roots will go deeper into the soil of His Word.
  3. West Union, OH
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Outstanding!
    December 16, 2016
    Jimmy Reagan
    West Union, OH
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is ideal for pastors, teachers, or students to get a grasp of studying the Bible either for personal study or sermon preparation. Though it covers some of the classroom jargon, it is written on an accessible level to help any of us. The well-respected authors rightfully admit there is both science and art at play in digging out the real meaning of Scripture. Then they proceed to help us learn the science side while confessing what the science side cannot provide. To my mind, they are highly successful in what they set out to do.

    Inductive Bible study is simply hermeneutics with an evidence-based approach rather than a deductive, or assumption-based, approach. With so many bad habits out there, this is critically needed information. If you grab a handful of these type books, youll see that the authors often create their own design and, at times, terminology to present the rules of Bible interpretation. Some use a spiral, etc., but the authors approach here is one of the best Ive seen to practically understand the concepts.

    They present the inductive approach as observation, interpretation, and application. The chart on page 45 shows the 5 steps of observation and each step gets a chapter. All are well done and the one on determining literary units provided a special and often-overlooked balance. Interpretation has 5 steps as well and application has three. The chapter on determining word meanings should be read by everyone. Be sure to read to the end as I really appreciated how they concluded the subject. The charts throughout the book were outstanding as well.

    This book is likely the best one out there for pastors and students today.

    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
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