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(This is a four-part series on How to Read the Bible.  Part 1, Part 2Part 3, Part 4.)

EPISODE 07: The Science and Art of Interpretation

So you want to read the Bible, but you’re not sure how to do it well. What does it really mean? How is the Bible understood? As  Bill Kynes addresses these questions in this article, he emphasizes that “to read the Bible rightly, one must submit to the Master, who alone holds the key to meaning. Jesus Christ and His gospel must guide our understanding of the Bible, even as our reading of the Bible will refine our understanding of Jesus and His work."

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Recommended Reading:

40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible by Robert L. Plummer (Kregel Academic & Professional, 2010)

In 40 Questions about Interpreting the Bible, New Testament Professor Dr. Robert L. Plummer tackles the major questions that people ask about reading and understanding the Bible. Purchase your copy here.

Is There a Meaning in This Text?: The Bible, the Reader, and the Morality of Literary Knowledge by Kevin J. Vanhoozer (Zondervan, 2009)

The introduction of this burgeoning classic into paperback and the Landmarks in Christian Scholarship collection is much welcomed. Kevin Vanhoozer's Is There Meaning in this Text is the seminal contribution of Evangelical scholarship to the field of Hermeneutics. Vanhoozer lucidly and directly critiques trends in postmodern literary criticism (deconstruction) and thinkers (Ricoeur, Fish), while providing Evangelicals with a critical methodology upon which "texts"--and most especially biblical texts--can be confidently interpreted. Purchase your copy here.

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