Reading The Bible For All Its Worth Essay
MT500A, Winter 2016
Fee, Gordon D., and Douglas K. Stuart. 2003. How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
INTRODUCTION In the How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth book the authors provide common-sense guidelines on studying and understanding the Bible. They address the common issues and misconceptions that readers might be dealing with regarding the original meaning of the text and interpreting it in the contemporary context. The writers indicate that we have two tasks when reading the Bible: first, “to find out what the text originally meant” (exegesis), and second, to derive “that same meaning in the variety of new or different context of our own day” (hermeneutics) (12). Indeed, biblical books need to be understood in their original context and in light of the type of literature they are.
1. According to the book, why is it important to have good interpretation of the Bible?
• Rationale: Incorrect interpretation of the Bible leads to all kinds of theological errors, extreme practices, and foreign ideas within historical and contemporary Christian communities. As Gordon Fee has pointed out, “the aim of good interpretation is simple: to get at the plain meaning of the text” (16). While reading the Bible, most of us are inclined to think that our understanding of the text matches the author’s intent. As a result of this assumption, we bring to the text our own experiences, ideas, and our…