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Understanding and Applying the Bible

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A solid introduction to the ins and outs of biblical hermeneutics, without the intimidation that often accompanies this subject. With the help of this revised edition, pastors, students and laypersons need no prior knowledge of biblical exegesis to create their own Bible commentaries.

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Published June 24th 2009 by Moody Publishers (first published 1983)
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Mark Evans
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The first chapter, McQuilken begins by identifying the authority of the Scriptures, and introduces the approaches to applying and understanding the Scriptures. The second chapter discusses the super naturalistic approach of pre-moderns. A quote from this chapter, McQuilkin writes, “The Holy Spirit will never say something through the biblical writer, then contradict or change it for the reader. In other words, God will never enlighten the Christian through some understanding or application of sc ...more
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hermeneutics
In this book, McQuilkin has provided a sound, well-balanced introduction to hermeneutics suitable for Bible College or seminary instruction. It is practical, thorough, and well organized, yet is clearly written in plain language suitable for the average reader.

McQuilkin addresses the primary concerns of biblical interpretation such as historical and cultural setting, word study, thought structure, context, figurative language, the various genres of literature, interpretation, and application. H
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Five stars has to be a life-changer for me, but just in terms of a book that I would recommend that everyone read, this one is on that list. It's a solid how-to for reading and understanding the Bible. It's readable, accessible (not too heavy), and well-structured. I was required to read it as part of a class that I voluntarily signed up for, mostly because I wanted to read a book like this and needed an excuse to do so.
An excellent manual that does just what the title says: it gives rules, principles, and guidelines which enable/encourage the reader to both understand and apply the Bible. It amply answers the question on page 264: " How does one make functional the authority of the Bible in his or her own life and in the life of the church"? Perhaps too complex for newer believers, but still highly recommended.
Dec 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a tremendous resource in how to accurately interpret and apply the Bible. McQuilkin is solid on the absolute authority and practical on understanding the meaning intended by the writers. He breaks hermeneutics into 3 simple principles, and then teaches very simply how to practice these and avoid errors. He says that the number one rule of interpretation is context. The only addition I suggest would be to add some emphasis about distinguishing between the old and new covenants.
Joshua M.
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Was extremely helpful for understanding hermeneutics. I read this for my Methods of Bible Study and teaching class in college. I found it extremely helpful in understanding how to properly interpret scripture. It was also very understandable, so anyone could read it, not just pastors, those seeking a degree. I personally would suggest it to anyone looking for a good foundation in hermeneutics.
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dealing with exegesis and interpretation, I like McQuilkin's systematic approach. I can't say the book is the most organized in thought but he did divide topics, vocabulary and systems into readable formats. Great reference book for anyone surveying or studying hermetical topics.
Frieda Kuepfer
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book on how to read and understand the Bible. Every lover of the Bible should read this book!
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
A little dry, but a good introduction to hermeneutics. Not strong on genre.
Marti Wade
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Solid, methodical, practical. Read and used this for a class in hermeneutics.
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For the average person this is the best introduction to Bible interpretation. You won't do better. Get it. Read and re-read it. Digest it. Apply it.
John Weathersby
Prety good... nothing ground breaking.
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Best read ever as for growing in biblical Truth and Christian growth.
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must read!
Jun 01, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The textbook for my Bible Study Methods class through Moody. It was a little hard to follow at times, but a good resource.
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“Since God is the author, the Bible is authoritative. It is absolute in its authority for human thought and behaviour. "As the Scripture has said" is a recurring theme throughout the New Testament. In fact, the New Testament contains more than two hundred direct quotations of the Old Testament. In addition, the New Testament has a large and uncertain number of allusions to the Old. New Testament writers, following the example of Jesus Christ, built their theology on the Old Testament. For Christ and the apostles, to quote the Bible was to settle an issue.” 0 likes
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