Reading the Word of God in the Presence of God: A Handbook for Biblical Interpretation  -     By: Vern S. Poythress
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Reading the Word of God in the Presence of God: A Handbook for Biblical Interpretation

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Arguing that the Bible should be read as both a human and divine document, this comprehensive resource advocates for an explicitly Christ-centered approach to interpretation. Poythress explores a host of hermeneutical topics, including the foundations and principles of analysis; the steps of exegesis; issues of time, authorship, and language; and redemptive-historical understandings of meaning. 320 pages, softcover from Crossway.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Crossway
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1433543249
ISBN-13: 9781433543241

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This comprehensive resource on biblical interpretation argues for the importance of reading the Bible as both a human and a divine document, advocating an explicitly Christ-centered approach to understanding Scripture’s meaning.

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Vern S. Poythress (PhD, Harvard University; ThD, University of Stellenbosch) is professor of New Testament interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he has taught for nearly four decades. In addition to earning six academic degrees, he is the author of numerous books and articles on biblical interpretation, language, and science.

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  1. Age: 45-54
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    Practical Resource for interpreting the Bible, but may not be best option for newbies
    June 22, 2016
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    Gender: Male
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    The opening sentence in this book is This book is a practical handbook to help people grow in skill in interpreting the Bible. The author states that the approach of his writing is geared to be more simple in the early part of the book and then graduating to more and more complexity as you read further in the book. I do have to admit that the author does really go into great depths as to different methods of reading and interpreting the Bible can be done. With that said, yes, the early part of the book does keep it fairly simple, but quickly dives into a sea of detail and complexity. I think this book would be good for a seminary student or a pastor, but with the writing style utilized, I feel that a majority of the believers out there would feel somewhat lost after the first chapters. So, I would recommend this book to those that are very serious about diving into the deep waters of Biblical interpretation methodology, but not recommended for people who dont want to devote some serious reading and studying time to understand where the author goes with this book. In some instances, you may need to take a lot of notes or underline/highlight and then go back to look at your notes as you progress through the book. The author does state that even beginners can use the early stages of our approach which is up to about chapter 4 or 6, but beyond that, most beginners will likely feel lost.

    I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for this review from Crossway and all opinions are my own.
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