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40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible

In 40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible, New Testament Professor Dr. Robert Plummer answers the most common questions that people ask about understanding the Bible:

  • Who decided what books would be included in the Bible?
  • How is the Bible organized?
  • What should a reader of the Bible be seeking to do?
  • Is there a “right” and “wrong” interpretation of a text?
  • Are there objective criteria for deciding among differing interpretations of a biblical text?
  • How do I improve as an interpreter of the Bible?
  • How do I approach the diverse genres found in the Bible (psalms, proverbs, poetry, apocalypses, letters, historical narratives)?
  • What are some current interpretive debates in academic circles?

Plummer’s book answers these questions – and many others.  The book is clearly written with the non-expert in view.  Underlying the simple style, however, is careful and well-documented research.  The book has already been picked up as a textbook by professors at several leading Christian colleges and seminaries.

ISBN: 9780825434983
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Kregel Academic & Professional (April 22, 2010)
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“Robert Plummer’s new book, 40 Questions about Interpreting the Bible (Kregel, 2010) is simply excellent. . . . Quite simply, this is the best introductory book on biblical interpretation I’ve yet seen. I highly recommend it.” (Read More)

Justin Taylor, Associate Publisher, Crossway
(Between Two Worlds blog, The Gospel Coalition)

Paul’s Understanding of the Church’s Mission: Did the Apostle Paul Expect the Early Christian Communities to Evangelize?
This book engages in a careful study of Paul’s letters to determine if the apostle expected the communities to which he wrote to engage in missionary activity. It helpfully summarizes the discussion on this debated issue, judiciously handling contested texts and provides a way forward in addressing this critical question. While admitting that Paul rarely explicitly commands the communities he founded to evangelize, Plummer amasses significant incidental data to provide a convincing case that Paul did indeed expect his churches to engage in mission activity. Throughout the study, Plummer progressively builds a theological basis for the church’s mission that is both distinctively Pauline and compelling.

ISBN: 9781597527231
Paperback: 190 pages
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers (June 2006)
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