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Knowing Scripture


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Foreword by J. I. Packer
Preface to the Expanded Edition
Preface to the Original Edition

1. Why Study the Bible
Two Myths
The Clarity of Scripture
The Problem of Motivation
The Biblical Basis for Bible Study
The Bible as Revelation
Theory and Practice
The Sensuous Christian
A Matter of Duty

2. Personal Bible Study and Private Interpretation
Martin Luther and Private Interpretation
Objectivity and Subjectivity
The Role of the Teacher

3. Hermeneutics: The Science of Interpretation
The Analogy of Faith
Interpreting the Bible Literally
Literal Interpretation and Genre Analysis
The Problem of Metaphor
The Medieval Quadriga
The Grammatical-Historical Method
Source Criticism
Authorship and Dating
Grammatical Errors

4. Practical Rules for Biblical Interpretation
Rule 1. Read the Bible Like Any Other Book
Rule 2. Read the Bible Existentially
Rule 3. Interpret the Historical Narratives by the Didactic
Rule 4. Interpret the Implicit by the Explicit
Rule 5. Determine Carefully the Meaning of Words
Rule 6. Note the Presence of Parallelisms
Rule 7. Note the Difference Between Proverb and Law
Rule 8. Observe the Difference Between the Spirit and the Letter of the Law
Rule 9. Be Careful with Parables
Rule 10. Be Careful with Predictive Prophecy
Rule 11. Interpret the Bible with a Spirit of Humility

5. Culture and the Bible
Cultural Conditioning and the Bible
Cultural Conditioning and the Reader
Principle and Custom
Practical Guidelines

6. Practical Tools for Bible Study
Bible Translations
Study Bibles
The King James Version
Concordances, Bible Dictionaries and Atlases
Word Studies
Foreign Translations
What About Greek and Hebrew?
Bible Software
Bible Reading Program for Beginners


About the Author

R.C. Sproul (1939-2017) was founder Ligonier Ministries, an international Christian discipleship organization located near Orlando, Florida. He was also copastor of Saint Andrew's Chapel in Sanford, Florida, first president of Reformation Bible College, and executive editor of Tabletalk magazine. His radio program, Renewing Your Mind, is still broadcast daily on hundreds of radio stations around the world and can also be heard online. Sproul contributed dozens of articles to national evangelical publications, spoke at conferences, churches, and schools around the world, and wrote more than one hundred books, including The Holiness of God, Chosen by God, and Everyone's a Theologian. He also served as general editor of the Reformation Study Bible. J. I. Packer is regarded as one of the most influential evangelicals in North America. He is Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, and his writings include books such as Knowing God, A Quest for Godliness, Growing in Christ (Crossway) and Rediscovering Holiness. He has preached and lectured widely in Great Britain and North America and served as general editor of the English Standard Version of the Bible published in 2001, and theological editor of the Study Bible version. In 2014, Packer was named Author of the Year by the Association of Logos Bookstores. He is a frequent contributor to and an executive editor of Christianity Today and has written numerous articles published in journals such as Churchman, SouthWestern Journal, Reformation Revival Journal and Touchstone. He received a BA, MA and PhD from Oxford University.

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