Having read many “how to study the Bible” books, this one seems to approach it from a different angle. The first section of the book deals with why we can trust the Bible, how the Bible came about, and its inerrancy and authenticity. It then goes into how to read the Bible, and offers 5 keys for approaching the Bible correctly in our interpretation: context, Jesus, the unfolding drama, Biblical logic, and literary character of the book. Then some time is spent on the different literary genres of the Bible and understanding them according to their particular literature style. Finally, it goes into applying the Bible and looks at 2 Timothy 3:16 – profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness. The parable of the soils is examined in light of studying the Bible.
This book doesn’t give a particular method for studying the Bible, but rather brings out why the Bible is important and how we are to approach it. In a day and age where everything is relative, the Bible remains authentic and inerrant, something we can trust. Knowing it is important because it is how God reveals Himself to us. At the end of the book it gives suggestions for study aids and tools, and for reading the Bible.
“When we are under such pressure (and we are all under it at times), mere knowledge of the Bible will not protect us – we need the God of the Book, not simply the Book about God. But without knowledge of the Book there will be no protection at all. Fail to use the Spirit’s sword to unmask the deceitfulness of sin, and the battle to serve Christ will be lost without a blow being struck in our defence. But if we have learned from Scripture to be on our guard, and have grown in discernment through its teaching, we will be able to distinguish between true and false, right and wrong, good and evil, God and Satan. Then it will be possible for us to stand ‘in the evil day’, and at the end of it to ‘stand firm’.”
This book wasn’t what I was expecting it to be, but it was good nonetheless.
Thanks to Banner of Truth for providing me a copy of this book free in exchange for my review.