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Let the Reader Understand: A Guide to Interpreting and Applying the Bible

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For many people, interpreting the Bible is the art of making it say what they want. Even scholars often treat interpretation as a subjective exercise, not the search for true, objective meaning of texts. But hasn't God spoken definitively in Scripture? Shouldn't we be able to arrive at a good and true interpretation?

Convinced that God wants us to understand his Word in al

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Paperback, 378 pages
Published August 1st 2002 by P & R Publishing (first published 1994)
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Brett Mclaughlin
Feb 05, 2011 Brett Mclaughlin rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology, language
McCartney and Clayton's work on hermeneutics is, at its core, understandable. It's ironic that most books on understanding Scripture are themselves difficult, and that's a pitfall that this work largely avoids. There are times when complex words are used when simple ones would suffice, but as a whole, this is an enjoyable, readable work on understanding the Bible without forcing an interpretation upon the Bible.

Perhaps most welcome is the lengthy section on language itself, and the resistance to
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Kenneth
Jul 09, 2011 Kenneth rated it it was amazing
McCartney, Dan and Charles Clayton: Let the Reader Understand: A Guide to Interpreting and Applying the Bible (2nd edition) (G)(312pgs)
Paperback P&R Publishing (Biblical Studies/Exegesis & Hermeneutics)
This book was a very helpful study of hermeneutics. It was not a really easy read but not unnecessarily difficult. The authors do a good job of writing in a way that most anyone could understand without out specializing in this field. There are smaller easier books on this topic, but I th
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Kyle Scheele
Dec 15, 2009 Kyle Scheele rated it really liked it
Shelves: hermenutics
Great book on the fundamentals needed to begin Studying your Bible. Nothing to "daring" but a very good intro into the world of Hermeneutics nonetheless.
Jerry
Mar 17, 2009 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Decent hermeneutics text.
A.r.
Jun 15, 2010 A.r. rated it liked it
One of the best points is about the "spiral" of Biblical understanding and how it works w/ our remaining flesh.
Eric Molicki
Sep 15, 2012 Eric Molicki rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
This updated edition remains as clear and readable as the original. Overall, this is a great introductory text to the theory of hermeneutics and the practice of exegesis.
Alex Houston
Aug 09, 2012 Alex Houston rated it it was amazing
Good introduction to hermeneutics (how to interpret the bible). You won't find any "What does this verse mean to you Bill?" here, just tools needed to properly read and interpret Scripture.
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Dan G. McCartney (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is professor of New Testament interpretation at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas. He previously taught at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia for more than twenty years. He is the author of Let the Reader Understand: A Guide to Interpreting and Applying the Bible and Why Does it Have to Hurt? The Meaning of Christian Suffering ...more
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