Inductive Bible Study: Observation, Interpretation, and Application through the Lenses of History, Literature, and Theology by Richard Alan Fuhr Jr. and Andreas J. Köstenberger is a Bible tool that aims to help guide the reader into understanding how to be a student of God’s Word. To do that the authors have presented this book as a step-by-step guide on how to interpret Scripture.
The authors have divided their book into four sections: 1) Introduction, 2) Observation, 3) Interpretation, and 4) Application. Section one focuses on the challenges that we face when reading Scripture and then lays out the approach that will be expanded on in the rest of the book. Section two, Observation, guides the reader through using multiple translations, asking questions of the text to gain a better understanding, and recognizing key words and literary features. For anyone who has never thought through their study of Scripture or for newer believers this section will be very beneficial. Section three digs into the text a little deeper, examining the text in its original context and how it relates to the rest of Scripture, and bringing in outside resources (commentaries, dictionaries, etc.). Section four then brings the reader to applying the text. Bible study doesn’t end with just understanding what the text says and means to the original audience, but must move towards application for believers today.
Inductive Bible Study would be a useful resource for anyone seeking to better understand how to read and understand Scripture. I received a copy of this book from B&H Academic in exchange for an honest review.