Just as a rock climber’s handhold enables him to master the mountain, a firm grasp on God’s Word empowers us to traverse the challenging, risky slopes of life. Grasping God’s Word helps college students, beginning seminary students, and other serious readers get a grip on the solid rock of Scripture--how to read it, how to interpret it, and how to apply it.
Filling the gap between approaches that are too simple and others that are too technical, Grasping God's Word starts by equipping listeners with general principles of interpretation, then moves on to apply those principles to specific genres and contexts. (This product is an audio lecture by the authors recorded before a live audience, and is based on the text of the book Grasping God's Word.)
- Label it as abridged and intended to be usd with textbook if serious about working the approach.
For my Hermeneutics course, I owned the textbook and purchased the audio version to use during long commutes. The audio version is based on their book and described as unabridged, so I assumed that the audio would parallel the textbook. It did, somewhat, but not in depth. In my opinion, the audio is mislabeled. If the listener’s goal is to learn how to read, interpret and apply God’s Word, a copy of the actual book will be essential. This audio is more of an overview and I would recommend it as such. I would not have been successful in my course without reading/referencing the textbook in addition to the audio. Also, the authors never introduce the chapter numbers, they simply start talking. Finding chapter locations on the audio to parallel the book was difficult. Throughout the audio, reference is made to various charts and other visuals. Why include this in an audio when a visual is clearly needed to understand what’s being presented? So, to actually work the approach presented in Grasping God’s Word, the audio can’t stand alone.
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