Inductive Bible Study // Review
December 30, 2016
Richard Alan Fuhr, Jr. and Andreas J. Köstenberger offer an insightful handbook entitled, Inductive Bible Study: Observation, Interpretation, and Application through the Lenses of History, Literature, and Theology. Fuhr is the associate professor of Biblical Studies at Liberty University School of Divinity, and Köstenberger is long-time professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Serminary. Fuhr and Köstenberger have written Inductive Bible Study to appeal to the biblical studies student in college or seminary. However, the book is organized in such a manner that it could appeal to a broader audience of lay-persons who are committed to biblical exegesis.
Fuhr and Köstenberger claim to take the laborious daunting task of biblical hermeneutics and put it into a systematic formula that is easier to follow (xi). Therefore, the value of the book is in its ability to communicate with greater ease the complicated field of hermeneutics. Inductive Bible Study is divided into three steps. The first step is observations, second step is interpretation, and the third step is application. Each step is devoted an entire unit for the reader to fully grasp the hermeneutical method proposed by Fuhr and Köstenberger.
I believe this resource is a great addition to the biblical studies student as well as the committed bible teacher in the local church. Its ease of use and straightforward approach make it a must have for anyone committed to studying the bible more effectively.