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How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth: A Guide to Understanding the Bible

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Biblical interpretation for both beginning and experienced Bible readers. Changes to the new third edition include: updated language, new foreword, improved diagrams, substantial rewriting of several chapters to make them more user-friendly, and updated list of recommended commentaries and resources.
ebook, Third Edition, 255 pages
Published October 14th 2009 by Zondervan (first published 1981)
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Jason Evans
On Sunday nights, our little group has started taking a book of the Bible each week and discussing it. Going through the the books in written order, we talk about the book’s history, intent and what its implications are for us today. We decided to do this because several in our group have a precarious relationship with Scripture. Some of of us have very little exposure to it previously. For others it’s intimidating. And some are simply deciding what their relationship to the Bible is.

With this i
I think this is the best and most important of all the books ABOUT the Bible. We are supposed to read and understand and love the word of God, but it is hard sometimes to do all of those things with a work of literature that was written thousands of years ago and half a world away. I think that most Christians tend to think that since the Bible is a book apart from all other books that it should not be read in the same way that we read other works of literature. While we should revere God's word ...more
Timothy Berg
This is hands-down the best treatment of hermeneutics (or bible-study or exegesis) that I've ever come across. It is written at the popular level (no Greek, Hebrew, or degree with multiple letters required) yet treats the issue far better than a great many more technical works. The authors have a singular commitment to "authorial intent" as the goal of historical exegesis. This commitment and the clear and relevant way in which they demonstrate the principles of exegesis as applied to the differ ...more
Craig Toth
I recommend this book for any who need to learn how to read the Bible more precisely.* It was a great help for me, as it will be for you—particularly if you are accustomed to the all-too-common habit of "proof-texting"—i.e., lifting verses out of context and applying them according to one's own predetermined ideas.

*Note: The fact is, many Christians--even Christians who can quote verses all day long--do not know how to read the Bible well. Too many engage in "proof-texting" (see above). Reading
Bart Breen
It's not enough to just read the Bible ... you need to learn how ....

Some people will get very upset with the title, because after all, for the true believer, all you need is the Bible itself, right?

Well, no. For one thing the Bible itself tells you that you need the Holy Spirit to help understand, so there is that.

But you also need to study to show yourself approved, meditate and approach it in a humble matter. The Bible was written over 2,000 years ago and in some portions even far longer. It
Amy Lynn
In all honesty, the only reason that I read this book is because it was required for a class. I'm glad that I read it and am thankful to have kept it as a reference. My only regret is that I wasn't made aware of it sooner. Having read it much sooner would have saved me decades of headache and heartache in sorting through all the twisted theologies currently parading through the modern church today.

This book is about the bible and its original intention, and how to read it in that context. Fee a
John Kaess
I have read a lot of books about how to study the Bible. I used this book the past 6 months to teach the Adult CE class at my church on How to Study the Bible. This is by far the best book i've read on this topic. Practical. Accessible. Insightful. I recommend this as a must read for all believers.
Michael Boling
Authors Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart have provided the evangelical community with a salient and veridical overview of hermeneutical principles that, when applied, are of great import to the study of Scripture. How to Read the Bible for All It's Worth is replete with concepts applicable to every believer, regardless of their level of theological acumen. Layman and seasoned theologians alike will find this book to be one that has lasting value as they exegete God's Word. In the current theologica ...more
I read this book through last year, but it is a book that should be reread and even used as a reference. Everyone has a need to interpret the Bible and this book helps with tools that will help as some read but will not understand everything they read. One thing that people forget while reading is they spent laborious days interpreting the Greek and Hebrew into what now is known as the Bible. Learning to think Contextually is an area most do not consider while reading the various genres. Hermene ...more
This is an excellent book that was recommended to me by my pastors. Although I have read the Bible through many times, the basics of interpretation were pretty much a mystery to me. These authors are very clear about exegesis and hermeneutics. I have friends who are literally afraid of any church that does not preach expositionally because they believe that is how the scriptures are distorted. I believe that whether the Bible is preached topically or expositionally that an understanding of exege ...more
Muoki Musau
Fantastic from start to finish. I encourage all Christians, whether "seasoned veteran" or "newbie," this book will profoundly - yes, profoundly change how you think about the Bible, and how to read it with greater awareness and understanding. Of course, for those who believe, the Holy Spirit illuminates our understanding, but we also have the responsibility to increase our understanding through the tools available to us. And Drs. Fee and Stuart give an excellent primer to beginning the journey o ...more
A must for any Bible reader. Laymen should own this book as well as any serious scholar. Fee & Stuart are both very well respected NT & OT scholars. The book lays out some foundational truths that must be learned in order for interpretation to match what was originally intended by the biblical authors. Reading the text of Scripture is not the same as understanding the text of Scripture. This book will help guide you in your understanding of Scripture. Get the 3rd edition though, I just h ...more
An outstanding primer on biblical exegesis and hermeneutics. All people do hermeneutics, even if it is not specifically spelled out. Thus the antidote to bad interpretation is not not interpretation, but good interpretation (pg. 21). "All hermeneutical difficulties . . . are reltaed to one thing--our lack of consistency" (pg. 72). I especially loved the many different examples that the authors used to illustrate their arguments. Few Christians, for example, find the imperative to take a pilgrima ...more
Brad Kittle
I learned a great deal from this book. This is an overview of the Bible and provides a way of approaching the Bible from its literary and historical context. I've had a pretty strong suspicion of theologians for years and I think for good reason; but any Bible student becomes a bit of a theologian just by reading the Word and forming views and opinions about what we've read. There are some practical guidelines offered in this book that I think are useful.
If you're a fan of the King James translation, then you WON'T like this book (which tosses out the KJV/NKJV, giving preference to the NIV/TNIV). However, the book gives a survey of the reasons why the KJV should be substituted for a newer translation. Also, as indicated by the title, the book does eventually discuss biblical interpretation (albeit, superficially). The best part of the book is the appendix, listing several sources for further, in-depth, study.
I would not usually say any non-fiction is amazing, but this one is really helpful. It is well written and clarifies so much. The authors give great advice, but more than that they help give you tools you can use to begin to understand and demystify the scriptures for yourself. I almost always try to refresh myself before doing a Bible study or preaching with this handy guide. Very useful and user friendly. Chapters are divided most intuitively.
I read this for school, but being raised Catholic I never got to the core of what the Bible really entailed. This book helps in understanding biblical text and explains the need for a good interpretation of it. If you want to explore spirituality and learn more about God this book will be very helpful.
I love this book. In addition to the Bible itself, this is one book that every person should read, especially those who are believers. It helped me understand basic issues surrounding biblical interpretation and, in many ways, changed (for the better) the way I read the Bible.
Bob Van
Very good book to help you understand and to do justice to the different literay genres of the Bible
Greg Taylor
Fee's and Stuart's book was assigned in biblical interpretation classes at Harding University. The book details how to approach each Bible genre, teaching important principles of exegesis and interpretation that differ according to the type of literature you are reading. For example, you read psalms much differently than gospels, so there are different interpretative guidelines for each. This was a watershed book for studying the Bible and led to much more biblical study. It's one of the best in ...more
Angela Blount
4 1/2 Stars

All in all, this has been a deeply valuable reference for learning to read the Bible--and to explain to others how they can better understand it themselves and find relevant life application. On a deep study level, I'm impressed with how much its expanded my ability to discern the full historical and literary context of commonly misused/misunderstood passages and verses. I'd long understood that most abuses of biblical quotation and interpretation centered around either proof-texting,
has an average rating of 4? i guess i should finish it - not fair to rant when i haven't finished it. but i have some problems ...

I picked this book up b/c I hoped it would address a long-standing trust issue I had. Have. Whatever. I – am I about to put this in writing?! I have real problems with translations. I feel like God’s word is Holy – until we get a hold of it and make KJVs and NKJVs and Messages and Amplifieds and TNIVs …! It doesn’t seem possible that they can ALL be right! We may have
I highly recommend this book.

As I read through, I thought to myself how it took me years of being a Christian and studying the Bible, apologetics, and theology to come up with many of the tips and insight that is contained in this one relatively brief and readable book. I wish I had had this book when I first came to faith! And it doesn't drop the ball where many do. It gives a coherent explanation of how to approach the imprecatory psalms (psalms like Psalm 137 that call on divine vengeance th
Nathan Good
This book, as it is stated in the beginning, does not so much reveal things about the Bible as it reveals how the Bible should be studied. I think that it is a very helpful guide that can and should be used frequently in Bible study. It was nicely split into sections/categories so that it can be used as a sort of reference book if one were to need to only know the guidelines set forth for understanding the Epistles, or the Gospels, etc.
While reading through I wrote down sections that I found to
This was hands down the best introduction to genre I have read so far. The best chapters were by far the chapters on revelation, the gospels, and wisdom literature.

Sometimes reading the bible can be difficult, especially when you read the Old Testament. What is the point of listing a genealogy? How do I understand the prophecies in Isaiah? These are great questions that this book really helped me address. By taking a chapter to discuss the different genres of literature found in the bible, this
Vivien Lee
TOUGH LOVE at its best.
I love how this book makes no compromise on certain points. Especially one that they mentioned earlier on in the book: It's about what the Bible was meant to say, not what you thought it meant, not what you want it to mean, not what it directly says to you, not about literal meaning.
It really speaks to me as my friends have been recently swamped with different cult-like doctrines that seem to draw on selected passages in the Bible to prove their point, and while sometimes
If you study the Bible, you should read this. However, I don't recommend reading it cover to cover as I did. The book has essentially two sections. The first section has lots of interesting and helpful things about exegisis and hermeneutics in general. The second part of the book is chapters about studying specific types of scripture (prophetic books, poetry, etc.). What I recommend is that you first read the general section, but then only read the later chapters as you enter a period of study t ...more
This is an instructional guide on how to interpret the Bible according to the authors' philosophy. It has two main focuses:
(1) how to understand the books in two steps, first as originally written and then as applied to today, and (2) how the books of the Bible break into genres (epistles, prophets, gospels, law, etc) and distinctive features of those genres. The book is clear in stating its principals and says a lot of things that are worth thinking about. For me one of the best was the repeate
Peter Coleman
Fee and Stuart did not seek to write a comprehensive hermeneutics textbook but a book for the lay reader of the Bible. While the criticisms fall on some of the finer points of the hermeneutical task, the common reader will find in this work an excellent introduction to how to do exegesis and how to perform hermeneutics. For those discussions of more involved hermeneutics that may be beyond the book’s audience, the appendix serves as an excellent guide to refer readers to commentaries that will c ...more
This was a surprisingly good book. Normally books that start with "How to.." are vapid and awful. But this is a great introduction to the importance of historically grounded exegesis, and goes through an overview of the key issues with each main type of work in the Bible (gospels, epistles, books of law, historical narrative, prophets, wisdom, and apocalypse). This will probably henceforth be my go-to recommendation for anyone who is just getting serious about studying the Bible.
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Gordon Fee is Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Regent College, where he taught for sixteen years. His teaching experience also includes serving schools in Washington, California, Kentucky, as well as Wheaton College in Illinois (five years) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts (twelve years).

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