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REVIEW OF HOW TO UNDERSTAND AND APPLY THE OLD TESTAMENT

06/25/2018

REVIEW OF HOW TO UNDERSTAND AND APPL.Y THE OLD TESTAMENT; (12 Steps From Exegesis to Theology) by Jason DeRouchie; P & R; 2017

All conservative Bible students believe the Bible to be the very Word of God written. What does this infallible book teach? Too often in the past, professional and amateur Bible students have agreed upon the infallibility of the text without agreeing upon what the text is actually saying. That is the realm of hermeneutics—how to interpret a book of the Bible along with the rest of the Bible. Some have argued that biblical interpretation is just a matter of the “science” of hermeneutics; others have argued that biblical understanding is more a matter of the “art” of interpretation. Still others would argue that all one needs is the Spirit and your interpretation wi.ll be just fine

Dr. DeRouchie shows us the way through the maze to properly read the Bible and come away with its meaning and application. What are his twelve steps from exegesis of the text to understanding the theology of the text? Without being boring or pedantic, DeRouchie takes us by
the hand and shows us how to read, understand and apply the Word of God .

What are the 12 steps?

PART 1: TEXT—WHAT IS THE MAKEUP OF THE PASSAGE?
1. Genre
2. Literary Units and Text Hierarchy
3. Text Criticism
4. Translation

PART 2: OBSERVATION—HOW IS THE PASSAGE COMMUNICATED ?
5. Clause and Text Grammar
6. Argument Tracing
7. Word and Concept Studies

PART 3: CONTEXT—WHERE DOES THE PASSAGE FIT ?
8. Historical Context
9. Literary Context

PART 4: MEANING—WHAT DOES THE PASSAGE MEAN ?
10. Biblical Theology
11. Systematic Theology

PART 5: APPLICATION—WHY DOES THE PASSAGE MATTER ?
12. Practical Theology
With an excellent bibliography for studying the Old Testament in general and comprehensive coverage of the details of faithful, rigorous Biblical study, this book is sure to be a standard textbook for students and faithful pastors for a generation.

Steve Martin (31 years a pastor in Atlanta)
Dean of Students, IRBS Theological Seminary in Texas

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