Introduction to Biblical Interpretation, 3rd Edition

Introduction to Biblical Interpretation, 3rd Edition

William W. Klein, Craig L. Blomberg, Robert L. Hubbard, Jr.
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About the Authors

William W. Klein

William W. Klein

PhD., University of Aberdeen

William W. Klein is a professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary, and he has also written The New Chosen People: A Corporate View of Election.

Craig L. Blomberg

Craig L. Blomberg

PhD., University of Aberdeen

Craig L. Blomberg is a distinguished professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary. He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of fifteen books and more than 130 articles in journals or multi-author works. A recurring topic of interest in his writings is the historical reliability of the Scriptures.

Robert L. Hubbard, Jr.

Robert L. Hubbard, Jr.

PhD., Claremont Graduate School

Robert L. Hubbard, Jr. is a professor of Biblical Literature at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago. He previously served as a chaplain on active duty in the United States Navy and in the United States Naval Reserve. He also serves as general editor of the New International Commentary on the Old Testament series.


Introduction to Biblical Interpretation, now in its third edition, is a bestselling hermeneutics textbook that sets forth concise, logical, and practical guidelines for discovering the truth in God’s Word. With updates and revisions throughout that keep pace with current scholarship, this book offers students the best and most up-to-date information needed to interpret Scripture.

Introduction to Biblical Interpretation:

  • Defines and describes hermeneutics, the science of biblical interpretation
  • Suggests effective methods to understand the meaning of the biblical text
  • Surveys the literary, cultural, social, and historical issues that impact any text
  • Evaluates both traditional and modern approaches to Bible interpretation
  • Examines the reader’s role as an interpreter of the text and helps identify what the reader brings to the text that could distort its message
  • Tackles the problem of how to apply the Bible in valid and significant ways today
  • Provides an extensive and revised annotated list of books that readers will find helpful in the practice of biblical interpretation

Used in college and seminary classrooms around the world, this textbook is a trusted and valuable tool for students and other readers who desire to understand and apply the Bible.

Table of Contents

  • Abbreviations

  • Preface to Third Edition

  • Preface to Second Edition

  • Introduction

  • Part I—The Task of Interpretation

  • Chapter 1–The Need for Interpretation

  • Chapter 2–The History of Interpretation

  • Chapter 3–Literary and Social-Scientific Approaches to Interpretation

  • Chapter 4–The Canon and Translations

  • Part II—The Interpreter and The Goal

  • Chapter 5–The Interpreter

  • Chapter 6–The Goal of Interpretation

  • Part III—Understanding Literature

  • Chapter 7–General Rules of Hermeneutics: Prose

  • Chapter 8–General Rules of Hermeneutics: Biblical Poetry

  • Part IV—Understanding Bible Genres

  • Chapter 9–Genres of The Old Testament

  • Chapter 10–Genres of The New Testament

  • Part V—The Fruits of Interpretation

  • Chapter 11–Using the Bible Today

  • Chapter 12–Application

  • Annotated Bibliography—Hermeneutical Tools

  • Scripture Index

  • Extra Biblical Literature Index

  • Subject Index

  • Author Index

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