The Old Testament was Jesus Bibleand its all about him. As he explained to the disciples on the Emmaus road, a correct understanding of those Scriptures is vital to our faith and hope. For anyone looking to interpret the Old Testament wisely and well, Jason DeRouchie provides a logical twelve-stage process to deepen understanding, taking us from an analysis of a passages genre all the way to its practical application. Hebrew grammar, historical context, biblical theologyand much moreare also studied. Learn how to track an authors thought-flow, grasp the texts message, and apply the ancient Word in this modern world, all in light of Christs redeeming work. Then plunge into DeRouchies recommended resources to go further in your studies every step of the way.
Textbooks on biblical hermeneutics generally come in two varieties: Either they are theoretical, describing the philosophical underpinnings of an interpretive method and meant primarily for the academy, or they are practical, giving instruction in how to go about interpretation and meant primarily for pastors, Bible teachers, and students. DeRouchies text is of the second variety, and it fulfills its purposes admirably. But DeRouchie also fills a significant gap among textbooks: He gives a clear and informed presentation of how the tools provided by Hebrew linguistics and discourse analysis enable readers to better understand the Hebrew Scriptures. This is, therefore, not just another book on how to read the Bible; it is a major resource for all who seek to do serious engagement with the biblical text.
This book lays out a clear and creative way to explain the steps in exegeting a passage. Its comprehensive twelve-step plan skillfully introduces readers to the basics of understanding an Old Testament passage, beginning with determining what the text says and going all the way to applying it. This volume is accessible, well organized, and will be helpful for both students and lay people alike.
I think Jason DeRouchie would be happy if I said that this book is designed to move us from revelation through rigor to rapture--from the sacred ed word of God, through the serious work of reading, to the satisfaction of knowing and enjoying God. There is no getting around the hard work of reading for holy wonder of worship. So DeRouchie spares no effort to make the rigors of careful reading plain. For many folks the Old Testament is a foreign land. O how good it is to have a native with you when you travel to a strange place. With his help, dozens of strange things begin to make sense. You even start to feel at home. I recommend this book, if you have a wanderlust for exploring ancient treasures. There are many, and they are great. DeRouchie will show you how to find them.
Conversationally engaging; literarily transparent; materially comprehensive; pedagogically superb; academically sound, precise, and informed--all this and more. In over 52 years of teaching in the classrooms of higher education, I have seen nothing comparable to this magnificent work by DeRouchie--destined to be the classic in its field.
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