For the Love of God’s Word is an abridged, less technical version of Köstenberger and Patterson’s acclaimed Invitation to Biblical Interpretation. Students, teachers, and pastors alike will find this introduction to biblical hermeneutics to be an accessible resource with both breadth and substance.
Built on the premise that every passage requires careful scrutiny of its historical setting, literary dimension, and theological message, this volume teaches a simple threefold method that is applicable to every passage of Scripture regardless of genre. In addition, the book sets forth specific strategies for interpreting the various genres of Scripture, from poetry to epistle to prophecy. A final chapter is devoted to helpful Bible study resources that will equip the reader to apply Scripture to life.
This book will serve as a standard text for interpreting Scripture that is both academically responsible and accessible for pastors, teachers, and college students. This volume will enable students of Scripture to grow in love for God’s Word as they grow in the disciplines of study and discernment.
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About the Author
Richard D. Patterson (PhD, University of California, Los Angeles) is distinguished professor emeritus at Liberty University. He has written well over 100 articles for major publishers and periodicals, including commentaries on Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah (Moody) and Joel and Kings (with Hermann Austel) for the second edition of the Expositor's Bible Commentary Series.
Table of Contents
A Personal Note to Teachers, Students, and readers 13
Chapter 1 Introducting the Hermeneutical Triad: History, Literature, and Theology 17
Part 1 History
Chapter 2 Setting the Stage: Historical-Cultural Background 33
Part 2 Literature
Unit 1 Canon
Chapter 3 The Old Testament Canon: Law, Prophets, and Writings 61
Chapter 4 The New Testament Canon: Gospels, Acts, Epistles, and Apocalypse 85
Unit 2 Genre
Chapter 5 Enjoying a Good Story: Old Testament Historical Narrative 103
Chapter 6 A Word from the Wise: Poetry and Wisdom 123
Chapter 7 Back to the Future: Prophecy 163
Chapter 8 Hearing the Good News: New Testament Historical Narrative (Gospels and Acts) 191
Chapter 9 Calling for Discernment: Parables 215
Chapter 10 Going by the Letter: Epistles 239
Chapter 11 Visions of the End: Apocalyptic Literature (Revelation) 271
Unit 3 Language
Chapter 12 Context is King: Discerning Discourse Structure 305
Chapter 13 A Matter of Semantics: Discerning Word Meanings 329
Part 3 Theology
Chapter 14 Making the Connection: Getting Our Theology from the Bible 359
Chapter 15 Getting Down to Earth: Using the Tools, Applying the Word 375
Reference List 393
Scripture Index 411
Subject Index 441