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Resources on How to Read the Bible More Effectively

March 16th, 2009 · No Comments · Bible, Bible Resources, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Christianity, Doctrine, Hermeneutics, New Testament, Old Testament, Religion

For those of you who want to read their Bible more effectively (in terms of interpretation and application) here are some resources you may want to consider:

Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible by Scot McKnight (more conversational)

Eat This Book: a conversation in the art of spiritual reading by Eugene Peterson (more conversational)

Elements of Biblical Exegesis: a Basic Guide for Students and Ministers by Michael Gorman

Grasping God’s Word: A Hands-on approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible by Scott Duvall

How to Read the Bible as Literature by Leland Ryken (slightly more advanced)

How to Read the Bible for All It’s Worth by Gordon Fee (more advanced)

Exegetical Fallacies by D.A. Carson (more advanced)

Introduction to Biblical Interpretation by Klein, Blomberg, and Hubbard (more advanced)

The Hermeneutical Spiral: A Comprehensive Introduction to Biblical Interpretation by Grant Osborne (more advanced)


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  • Zach Cox

    Thanks for this list. I’ve just started teaching a class on reading the bible (a little different from studying the bible). I’m using several from your list already; the one’s that interest me the most right now are the conversational ones you’ve listed. Wright’s “The Last Word” is good.

  • mattdabbs


    Maybe you could blog about your efforts. That would be really helpful as more and more we are going to need to help people become biblicaly literate.

  • rogueminister

    Its not the most exciting book but I also recommend Dr. Robert A. Traina’s “Methodical Bible Study”

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