Resources on the study of Scriptures

I still have my reservations about IBS, as understood and taught in ISCFs, but I guess IBS is the least that you can do to teach the students such that they can exegete the Bible “independently.” But, of course, if you want to dwell deeper, you need to go into specialized techniques and disciplines. I am not saying that as long as you get the techniques right, you can read the Bible rightly. How we read presupposes our (Christian) identity. We believe that the Holy Spirit illuminates our reading of Scriptures. That’s why our reading of Scriptures is not and can never be neutral or disinterested at all. And the overall orientation of our reading of Scriptures is always and must be towards cruciform obedience. Anyway, here are some recent popular-level books on the study of Scriptures:

1. Traina, Robert A. and Bauer, David R. Inductive Bible Study: A Comprehensive Guide to the Practice of Hermeneutics. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2011. (The book will be published in April 1, by the way, so, eleven days left to get a 24% pre-order discount from! And I’ve still got my 10% discount for order cancellation and refund — long story. So the nett price in Singapore dollar is $30. Anybody wants to share with me to buy it for ISCF?)

(Excerpt here.)

Table of contents:


Part 1 Theoretical Foundations

  1. Inductive Study
  2. Transjective Study
  3. Intentional and Rational Study
  4. Re-Creative Study
  5. Direct Study
  6. Comprehensive and Integrated Study
  7. Individual and Communal Study
  8. Compositional Book Study
  9. Canonical Study
  10. Flexible Procedural Study

Part 2 Observing and Asking

  1. Survey of Books-as-Wholes
  2. Survey of Parts-as-Wholes (Divisions, Sections, Segments)
  3. Focused Observation

Part 3 Answering or Interpreting

  1. Selecting Questions and Formulation Premises
  2. Drawing Inferences from the Premises
  3. Implementing Interpretation

Part 4 Evaluating and Appropriating

  1. Description of Evaluation and Appropriation
  2. Implementing Evaluation and Appropriation

Part 5 Correlation

  1. Character and Practice of Correlation
  2. Implementing Correlation


  • Appendix A: General Discussions of Induction and Deduction
  • Appendix B: Presuppositions in Contemporary Hermeneutical Discussion
  • Appendix C: Selectivity
  • Appendix D: The Use of Original-Language Resources
  • Appendix E: Critical Methods in Inductive Bible Study
  • Appendix F: Logical Outlines

2. Leithart, Peter. Deep Exegesis: The Mystery of Reading Scripture. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2009. (Similarly, you could get a 33% discount if you buy it from!)

Table of contents:

Preface: Learning to Read from Jesus and Paul

1. The Text Is a Husk: Modern Hermeneutics

2. Texts Are Events: Typology

3. Words Are Players: Semantics

4. The Text Is a Joke: Intertextuality

5. Texts Are Music: Structure

6. Texts Are About Christ: Application


Just for fun: the latest Biblical Studies Bulletin includes Richard Bauckham’s “Reconstructing the Pooh Community” and Michael Thompson’s “Initial Critical-Exegetical Notes on Jack and Jill.”


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