“Inductive Bible Study,” by Richard Alan Fuhr and Andreas J. Kostenberger, is the book I wish I’de had for “Hermeneutics I” when I was in school!
I did have great Hermeneutics classes and teachers when I first went to preaching school in ’96, and for further classes in Biblical Hermeneutics over the years since. I’ve also used a variety of textbooks as I’ve had the opportunity to teach Hermeneutics classes. Most recently, I taught from Fee and Stuart’s “How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth.” Until reading “Inductive Bible Study,” Fee and Stuart’s book was my favorite Hermeneutics text. That’s changed now!
I would put “Inductive Bible Study” on about the same “intermediate” level as “How to Read the Bible for All It’s Worth.” However, I prefer the systematic “inductive” approach to Bible study taught in “Inductive Bible Study.” Stuart and Fee take a genre-based approach and many of the same principles taught in “Inductive Bible Study” are overly restricted to specific genres in “How To.”
I also found Fuhr and Kostenberger easier to read than Stuart and Fee, and much, much easier than Osborne (“The Hermeneutical Spiral”). Of course, each of these books has their strong points and I would recommend all three. But, in my opinion, Fuhr and Kostenberger have the more accessible approach with a broader appeal. That is, I think that “Inductive Bible Study” would be better received by more people than would be the others. The main reason being that the language used is less technical, making it much easier to read than the others. Fuhr and Kostenberger’s writing style get’s the same quality of information across as Fee and Stuart but in a more enjoyable read, in my opinion.
“Inductive Bible Study” has many tables of great quick reference information that will keep a person coming back to it over and over again as they grow in their Bible study method. The information is presented in a concise, easy to read, manner with summaries and great tables for quick reference later.