Tuesday, June 8, 2010

"40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible"

Interpreting the scriptures correctly is one of the most important things we can do as followers of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, most books written on this topic are either too complicated or too boring to read. I have struggled with the lack of readable books that focus specifically on interpreting the bible correctly.

I'm pleased to say that I finally found one. 40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible is a readable, interesting, useful, and enjoyable book that deals with the key issues surrounding interpretation of scripture.

The author, Robert Plummer, does a masterful job of writing about this subject in a manner that makes you want to keep reading. He breaks the book down into forty chapters that do not have to be read consecutively. This format is helpful because it allows you to go straight to the chapters that seem most interesting.

At a personal level, I found chapters 21-35 to be most beneficial. In this section of the book, Plummer focuses specifically on how to interpret different genres within scripture. These chapters deal with historical narrative, prophecy, apocalyptic literature, hyperbole, figures of speech, proverbs, poetry, parables, and epistles.

I highly recommend this book to any Christian.

To see Justin Taylor's review, click here.

2 comments:

Rob said...

Thanks for your kind words, Eric. I'm glad you found the book helpful.
-Rob Plummer

Eric said...

Rob,

Thank you for taking the time to write this book. I think it will be very helpful for the church.