Following up Robert Traina's classic Methodical Bible Study, this book introduces the practice of inductive Bible study to a new generation of students, pastors, and church leaders. The authors, two seasoned educators with over sixty combined years of experience in the classroom, offer guidance on adopting an inductive posture and provide step-by-step instructions on how to do inductive Bible study. They engage in conversation with current hermeneutical issues, setting forth well-grounded principles and processes for biblical interpretation and appropriation. The process they present incorporates various methods of biblical study to help readers hear the message of the Bible on its own terms.
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I have taken the Seminary class from Dr. Bauer and this book is a faithful reproduction of his wonderful class. If you are looking for a simple book, this is not for you. Dr. Bauer proposes a thorough approach to the Scriptures. It is for people who are committed to the hard work that is involved in understanding and interpreting the Bible. The book is based on the structural relationships that exist in all forms of communication. Although the nomenclature is variable the concepts are concrete. This book will make you wish you had paid more attention in your high school and college English classes. I am growing in my ability to use IBS, but I have found the work to be endlessly gratifying spiritually and intellectually. Dr Bauer is a bright individual and uses his gifts to glorify the Kingdom of Heaven. I am thankful for the scholar and person he is. I hope you will buy this book and take the time necessary to read about and learn this method. I purchased this book as a...
During my senior year at Asbury Seminary (1983), I had a conversation with Dr. Robert Traina, whose book "Methodical Bible Study" was the precursor to this volume. In that conversation, Dr. Traina expressed an interest in writing a sequel to his book - one that would address the most glaring weakness of that work; His sequel would explain the step-by-step procedure for doing inductive Bible study - the procedure he so effectively taught in his seminary classes. This book fulfills Dr. Traina's intentions in exemplary fashion. Undoubtedly, this book will be the standard textbook for college and seminary classes for decades to come.
It is difficult to know how much Dr. Traina and Dr. Bauer collaborated on this volume given that Dr. Traina died in November, 2010. His contribution to this volume might very well be the lecture materials he presented in his classes. If that is the case, Dr. Bauer has done an commendable job of elaborating on those notes, filling in inevitable...
A classmate of mine has rightly described Inductive Bible Study as a worthy sequel to Methodical Bible Study. Compared to its prequel, Inductive Bible Study is not as hard to read as its prequel. Also, it lays out the whole methodical Bible study process in a very orderly, step by step, easy to understand process that does a great job of moving from studying the Book as a Whole to Detailed Observation and beyond. I would also recommend buying Methodical Bible Study for many of its rich comments from Dr. Traina and the examples of making charts and outlines in Appendix A and C. Together, these two books will provide you a rich and solid foundation in studying the Bible inductively. I would suggest, though, reading Inductive Bible Study first.
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