It should be required reading for all apologists and Bible teachers.
Fee and Douglas Stuart, two seminary professors, set out to write a book capable of assisting students of the Bible in understanding what they are reading and then discover the appropriate personal application. After reading How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, the authors imply that with a better grasp of concepts discussed in the book like context and literary devices, for example, their readers should be able to return to the Bible with a greater ability to correctly understand and apply what they read.
In addition, his other books and commentaries include New American Commentary: Ezekiel, Word Biblical Themes: Hosea-Jonah, and Old Testament Exegesis. As they are presenting their argument and overview, they raise a point this critic has not seen elsewhere.
They present an argument that to use an English translation, or any translation for that matter, is to be involved in interpretation. As is typical of these discussions, they outline the differences between formal and functional equivalence.
They demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses of both and further explain why a translation group would select one over the other in their translational theory. It is also as a part of this discussion that they deal with the problem matters of weights and money, euphemisms, vocabulary, grammar and syntax, and gender.
By the end of the chapter, they recommend that a student of the Bible should have two or three different translations from a list of translations they feel are good. At this point, the book takes a shift. With each new chapter, a couple different Fee and stuart book review questions and principles of interpretation are demonstrated with the use of sections of Scripture.
Fee and Stuart start with the epistles. They started here because on the surface, the epistles appear to be easy, but in fact, they can be rather complex. Next, they spend some time in the Old Testament in and effort to teach on the proper tools for understanding the narrative. This is followed by a look at Acts and the historical precedent.
What was prescriptive and what was descriptive; what is normative. This teaching model continues throughout the rest of the book. The Gospels are used to show the many dimensions and complexities of Scripture.
Fee and Stuart then look at how to read parables, then the law, and on to the prophets. The Psalms present a challenging question, surprisingly not mentioned by C.
This review offered a summary and analysis of How to Read the Bible for All its Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart. In offering a summary, the paper sought to illustrate the value of the book by showing how it teaches accurate interpretation. Of first note is the fact this review deals with the fourth edition of Fee and Stuart’s original work. The Preface of these editions is included, providing the reader with a genealogy of sorts for the information which will be encountered in the pages to follow. Fee and Stuart expend considerable effort, and rightfully so, discussing the epistles, the Old Testament narrative, the book of Acts, the Gospels, the Parables, the Law, the Prophets, the Psalms, Wisdom literature and the book of Revelation.5/5(1).
Lewis in his Reflections on the Psalms, but extensively addressed by Fee and Stuart. Revelation serves as the conclusion of the book. Following the last chapter, an appendix on the use of commentaries is offered as is a list of commentaries these two commentary writers recommend.
Given that How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth is in its third edition with over half a million copies sold, it is evident that this book offers something of value to its readers. It is the belief of this critic that the value of this book is not purely entertainment, but educational and thought provoking.
The material is approachable because it is presented using questions that could very easily be asked by the reader. There are memorable examples. One such example is the preacher that says topknots are unbiblical.
It seems as if at lease one passage from every book of the 66 books of the Protestant Bible are addressed and many books are dealt with in great detail. The greatest weakness of the book comes out in the areas where teaching methods of interpretation affords opportunities for specific denominational understanding and interpretation to take center stage over the methods themselves.
Hints of their interpretation rise to the surface concerning the controversial matters of speaking in tongues, roles of church leadership, and gender issues for example.
There are many different understandings of the book of Revelation, but rather than addressing the need for caution in the hermeneutical principles as they suggested in their opening arguments, they offered more commentary than teaching on hermeneutics.
Rather than demonstrating how the ESV incorrectly translated the words, the matter is simply dealt with by appealing to the shift in attitude. And by the time women in ministry or women teaching men is address, the authors have already reviled an area where they seem to be letting their preferences lead their interpretation, the very thing they argue against.
Therefore, unless an alternative book with a similar tone for the laymen can be found, this book might be the best option. It is not too cumbersome, dry, or technical so the reader stays interested, and yet it is not as light or shallow as one might expect seeing it on the shelf at Barnes and Noble.
Fee and Douglas K. Zondervan,User Review - LIVINGtopleaseHIM - kaja-net.com This book has answered some questions since a young christian. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to get another point of view of the bible and to understand the importance of through BIBLE 4/5(53).
Fee and Stuart expend considerable effort, and rightfully so, discussing the epistles, the Old Testament narrative, the book of Acts, the Gospels, the Parables, the Law, the Prophets, the Psalms, Wisdom literature and the book of Revelation.
Fee and Stuart Book Review By using a set of guiding principles Fee and Stuart engage the reader by putting them in the session of both interpreter and expositor, encouraging the reader to employ the principles of both Hebrew .
Dr Fee and Dr. Stuart has given us a very good overview of the Bible that ties in history, story, and contextual elements together for a quick and concise overview of each individual kaja-net.coms: Book Review: How To Read the Bible For All Its Worth Introduction Originally published in and now in its third edition, Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart’s How to Read the Bible for All its Worth asserts that the Bible is meant to be read by everyone and not simply scholars, seminarians, and professional clergy.
In summary, Fee and Stuart book serves as a bridge between academics and lay people on the subject of understanding and applying scripture. Because of the excellent structure of the book, people can read the book with Fee and /5().