For the Love of God’s Word


For the Love of God’s Word: an Introduction to Biblical Interpretation
by Andreas J. Kostenberger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Easy to read book on Bible interpretation. A good portion of the book is spent on the different literary genres of the Bible and how this affects interpretation. Each chapter starts off with the chapter objectives and a chapter outline and ends with key resources and key words. There are also lists of things to consider when interpreting a particular genre of the Bible. For the most part, the book was understandable but got a little technical in some parts. A lot of unfamiliar words were introduced, but there is a glossary in the back of the book to help with definitions.
Starting off with an overview of the whole Bible and the importance of history and how the historical context affects interpretation, the majority of the book then discusses the canon of the Bible, then the different types of genre, and finally how language affects meaning. For someone who is just learning how to study the Bible, this book would probably be a bit overwhelming, but for those who have read a book or two on Bible study and the inductive study method and the idea of hermeneutics, this book is excellent to continue understanding how to best interpret the Bible. The basis behind this book is the hermeneutical triad of history, literature and theology. The final section of the book discusses biblical theology and how that is derived from our study of Scripture.
The last chapter of the book brings it all together and that the whole idea behind interpreting the Bible is to arrive at application and allow what we’ve read to change our lives and make us more like Christ. Being able to interpret the Bible correctly is necessary but it is not the end goal, rather, application resulting in a changed life is the goal. “Will you check off reading this book on some list and continue to interpret the Bible exactly the way you did before? Or will you apply what you’ve learned and let these principles transform your study of Scripture so that Scripture, in turn, will change your life and the lives of those with whom you will share what you’ve learned?” Various resources are listed for help in studying the Bible, such as concordances, atlases, dictionaries and commentaries. Also included are guidelines for application.
Overall, an excellent book and resource for helping to better understand and study the Bible.

*I received a copy of this book free from the publisher Kregel in exchange for my review.

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