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HOW TO INTERPRET THE BIBLE: An Introduction to Hermeneutics by Kieran Beville


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Christian Publishing House (July 17, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1-945757-05-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-945757-05-1
  • Product Dimensions: 6" x 9"

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Book Description

Anybody who wants to study the Bible, either at a personal level or a more scholarly level needs to understand that there are certain principles that guide and govern the process. The technical word used to refer to the principles of biblical interpretation is hermeneutics , which is of immense importance in Biblical Studies and Theology. How to Interpret the Bible takes into consideration the cultural context, historical background and geographical location in which the text was originally set. This enables us to obtain clarity about the original author’s intended meaning. Linguistic and literary factors are analyzed so that the various genres of Scripture are examined for their true meaning. The importance of having sound principles of interpretation cannot be overstated as to ignore them will result in all manner of erroneous assumptions. Beville presents the Historical-Grammatical approach as a sound and objective method of interpretation. This, in turn, provides a foundation not only for understanding but also for teaching Scripture. The approach outlined by the author helps avoid contradiction, inconsistency, arbitrariness, and subjectivity. This work is intended for those who wish to develop a deeper understanding of the Bible. It will be particularly useful for those who want to prepare teaching material grounded in safe hermeneutics.

“In, How to Interpret the Bible , Kieran Beville explores how an understanding of hermeneutics enables a deeper engagement with the Scriptures. This well-written and thoughtful introduction will be a great asset to anyone wishing to see with greater clarity the revelation of God’s heart and mind within the Bible. I warmly commend it.” ( Dr. Roger Standing, Principal, Spurgeon’s College, London ).

Author Biography

Kieran Beville (D. Litt.) is pastor of Lee Valley Bible Church, Ballincollig, Co. Cork, Ireland and adjunct professor of Intercultural Studies and Practical Ministry at Tyndale Theological Seminary, Amsterdam. He has taught Theology and Biblical Studies on leadership training programs in Eastern Europe, the Middle-East and India. Dr Beville has authored several books and numerous articles.


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