Contents Introduction .4 PART 1: How to Read the Book Basic Tools 1. The Interpretive Journey 6 2. How to Read the Book Sentences 11 3. How to Read the Book Paragraphs 21 4. How to Read the Book Discourses 31 PART 2: Contexts Now and Then 5. What Do We Bring to the Text?...38 6. The Historical-Cultural Context 39 7. The Literary Context 51 8. Word Studies 57 9. Bible Translations 71 PART 3: Meaning and Application 10. Who Controls the Meaning?...76 11. Levels of Meaning 81 12. The Role of the Holy Spirit 85 13. Application 87 PART 4: The Interpretive Journey New Testament 14. New Testament Letters 94 15. New Testament Gospels 97 16. New Testament Acts 103 17. New Testament Revelation 105 PART 5: The Interpretive Journey Old Testament 18. Old Testament Narrative 112 19. Old Testament Law 119 20. Old Testament Poetry 129 21. Old Testament Prophets 135 22. Old Testament Wisdom 145 PART 6: The Exegetical Paper Guidelines 154 Passages 157
J. Scott Duvall (PhD. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of New Testament at Ouachita Baptist University. He is the coauthor with George H. Guthrie of Biblical Greek Exegesis: A Graded Approach to Learning Intermediate and Advanced Greek and with Terry G. Carter and J. Daniel Hays of the textbook Preaching God's Word: A Hands on Approach to Preparing, Developing and Delivering the Sermon. J. Daniel Hays ( ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary; PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is dean of the Pruet School of Christian Studies and professor of Old Testament at Ouchita Baptist University. He is the author of From Every People and Nation, and he has coauthored Grasping God's Word; Preaching God's Word; Iraq:Babylong of the End Times?; apocalups: and The Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy. He teaches adult Sunday school at his local church in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and preaches frequently throughout the nation.