Sunday, December 28, 2014

Review of Invitation to Biblical Interpretation

This is a book that I wish had been available when I went to Bible college. This text is crafted in such a way as to tie together, most helpfully, the history of interpretation and the practical application of it. The Hermenutical Triad that Kostenberger and Patterson have developed is a very helpful guide to follow. This is a serious study for those who are serious about study, weighing in at over 800 pages.

Each chapter is outlined, and contains study questions, exercises and a bibliography. One of my favorite chapters is chapter 6 where guidelines for interpretation of poetry is discussed. Much discussion and explanation is given for the various forms of parallelism and imagery. One of my other favorite chapters is chapter 9 where parables are discussed. I found the discussion on the Modern Period and it's approach to allegory most helpful.

The Triad of history, literature, and theology may sound simplistic. Assuredly it is not. Chapter 16 “Using the Tools” Will help the student begin to build a library and how to approach the different genres of scripture. Step by step guidelines for exegesis are provided with examples. The Appendex is 21 pages of recommendations for building a biblical studies library.

This work will be useful to the student and scholar alike. Anyone who desires to communicate the message of scripture to others will find this a helpful guide. I am grateful to Kregel Academic for providing me a pdf copy at no charge for an unbiased review.