Grasping God’s Word, 4th Edition

Grasping God’s Word, 4th Edition

A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible

J. Scott Duvall, J. Daniel Hays
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  • October 13, 2020

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About the Authors

J. Scott Duvall

J. Scott Duvall

Ph.D. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

J. Scott Duvall is professor of New Testament at Ouachita Baptist University. He has coauthored several books, including Biblical Greek Exegesis: A Graded Approach to Learning Intermediate and Advanced Greek; Grasping God’s Word; Preaching God's Word; and Journey into God’s Word.

J. Daniel Hays

J. Daniel Hays

Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

J. Daniel Hays is dean of the Pruet School of Christian Studies and professor of Old Testament at Ouachita Baptist University. He is the author of From Every People and Nation, and he has coauthored Grasping God's Word; Preaching God's Word; Journey into God’s Word; The Story of Israel: A Biblical Theology; Iraq: Babylon of the End Times?; Apocalypse; and The Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy. He teaches adult Sunday school at his local church in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and preaches frequently throughout the nation. 


Grasping God's Word has proven itself in classrooms across the country as an invaluable help to students who want to learn how to read, interpret, and apply the Bible for themselves. This book will equip you with a five-step Interpretive Journey that will help you make sense of any passage in the Bible. It will also guide you through all the different genres found in the Bible to help you learn the specifics of how to best approach each one.

Filling the gap between approaches that are too simple and others that are too technical, this book starts by equipping readers with general principles of interpretation, then moves on to apply those principles to specific genres and contexts.

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  • Proven in classrooms across the country
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  • Emphasis on real-life application
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  • Accompanying workbook and laminated study guide (sold separately)

This fourth edition includes revised chapters on word studies and Bible translations, updated illustrations, cultural references, bibliography, and assignments. This book is the ideal resource for anyone looking for a step-by-step guide that will teach them how to accurately and faithfully interpret the Bible.

Table of Contents


  • 1. Bible Translations

  • 2. The Interpretive Journey

  • 3. How to Read the Book—Sentences

  • 4. How to Read the Book—Paragraphs

  • 5. How to Read the Book—Discourses


  • 6. The Historical-Cultural Context

  • 7. What Do We Bring to the Text?

  • 8. The Literary Context

  • 9. Word Studies


  • 10. Who Controls the Meaning?

  • 11. Levels of Meaning

  • 12. The Role of the Holy Spirit

  • 13. Application


  • 14. New Testament—Letters

  • 15. New Testament—Gospels

  • 16. New Testament—Acts

  • 17. New Testament—Revelation


  • 18. Old Testament—Narrative

  • 19. Old Testament—Law

  • 20. Old Testament—Poetry

  • 21. Old Testament—Prophets

  • 22. Old Testament—Wisdom

  • Appendix 1: Inspiration and Canon

  • Appendix 2: Writing an Exegetical Paper

  • Appendix 3: Building a Personal Library


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