I’d heard a lot of good things about this book by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart and so I borrowed a copy from the church library. I recall not being too impressed by it. That was two years ago. I tried it again this year and I can’t figure out why I didn’t like it the first time.
The authors wrote this book to give laypeople guidelines for interpreting the different types of literature (genres) that make up the Bible. God chose to give His word to us in the form of proverbs, prophetic oracles, riddles, drama, biographical sketches, parables, letters, sermons and apocalypses, and each has its own special rules of interpretation.
Though written by two seminary professors, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth is neither dry nor complicated. Sure, it repeatedly uses big words like exegesis and hermeneutics, but it explains them first. It contains lots of itemised lists, which is great for people like me who like them. Best of all, most of its advice can be applied without special tools or knowledge—one of the repeated exhortations the book gives is to read, re-read and then read the Bible text some more.
In a series of 13 posts I shall share my notes on the book, with each post corresponding to a chapter of How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth. I’ll occasionally throw in some extra links to related resources I’ve found around the internet in the hopes of getting you to check in every time (just kidding!).
- Gordon Fee, one of the co-authors spoke at a conference and I took some notes.
- Douglas Stuart, the other co-author, held a course which follows the book (I haven’t listened to this)
- You can listen to an Old Testament survey by Douglas Stuart either at Biblical Training or at Gordon-Conwell (I’ve not listened to the latter)