How to Read the Bible For All It’s Worth

I have a lot of books in my library. Many of them I have not read yet. I have read Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart’s How to Read the Bible For All It’s Worth three times. It is that good.

I am teaching a class on biblical interpretation at a church and I did not hesitate to go with this book. It is the clearest expression of how to understand the Bible and distinguish between genres that I have ever encountered. Fee and Stuart are top notch scholars (one NT and the other OT) and this book represents their academic credentials. At the same time it is written for laypeople. You do not need a university degree to understand it and yet people with many degrees will still enjoy it.

I firmly believe in the importance of good hermeneutics. The reason that we have cults and false teachers is because people stumble on biblical hermeneutics. I understand that we are separated from the biblical writers both by time and culture but there are some simple things that we can do to help close that gap. Fee and Stuart provide the tools that are needed.

I am not exaggerating when I say that every Christian should read How to Read the Bible For All It’s Worth. If we believe the Bible is the Word of God, we better figure out how to read it correctly.

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3 thoughts on “How to Read the Bible For All It’s Worth”

  1. Thanks for posting this Stephen.

    I read the earlier edition of this book several years ago and found it extremely helpful. I am now going through the latest edition as an audio book and refreshing my thinking on hermeneutics. However, I do find the authors’s egalitarian bias irritating. Fee’s dismissal of the passage on women in 1 Cor. 14 on the basis of weak textual support (repeated twice so far in the book) is not generally accepted by other textual critics. Also the reconstruction of life in Ephesus to make 1 Tim. 2:11-12 culturally relative ignores Paul’s appeal to the creation order in his argument (vv. 13-15) which would indicate ongoing relevance. I could also mention the negative comments about the ESV.

    Readers should be aware of the bias the book exhibits in this area and make allowances for it. I have some resources on Ephesians and 1 Timothy on my website which might be helpful for those wanting to look into this further.

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