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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,858 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gordon D. Fee, Douglas Stuart Narrator: Tom Parks Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9780310578598
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Understanding the Bible isn’t for the few, the gifted, the scholarly. The Bible is accessible. It’s meant to be read and comprehended by everyone from armchair readers to seminary students. A few essential insights into the Bible can clear up a lot of misconceptions and help you grasp the meaning of Scripture and its application to your twenty-first-century life.

More than half a million people have turned to How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth to inform their reading of the Bible. This third edition features substantial revisions that keep pace with current scholarship, resources, and culture. Changes include:

– Updated language
– A new authors’ preface
– Several chapters rewritten for better comprehension
– An updated list of recommended commentaries and resources

Covering everything from translational concerns to different genres of biblical writing, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth is used all around the world. In clear, simple language, it will help you to accurately understand the different parts of the Bible—their meaning for ancient audiences and their implications for you today—so you can uncover the inexhaustible worth that is in God’s word.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 2/19/2014

    " I'm reading this to summarize weekly for our Sunday school. It's heavy stuff, but very rich for those who really want to understand--not just skim-- Scripture. Best ingested chapter by chapter, a little at a time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean-david | 2/15/2014

    " This is an excellent text. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sylvia Johnson | 2/9/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. It definitely helped me in learning to navigate through the bible better. A really good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corey Tabor | 1/31/2014

    " This is a great resource for those who want to get the most they can out their time in reading the Bible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick Hsieh | 1/31/2014

    " Fee & Stuart examine the impact of literary genre on how we ought to interpret the Bible. This book is so needful as we tend to treat the Bible as we do no other book, reading it piecemeal, hit or miss. The book is very approachable, as Fee & Stuart attempt to equip lay readers to understand and interpret the Bible for themselves. At the back is a list of recommended commentaries for each book of the Bible, to turn to for further help with background and historical context. Although I don't necessarily agree with the authors' conclusion on Revelation, I think in general this book is indispensable. As far as tools for Bible study go, I recommend this second only to the Bible itself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brennen Daley | 1/30/2014

    " Really boring cause it just spits out information to you. But if your anything like my husband then you would really enjoy it. It gives you a lot of the history as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/29/2014

    " This book gave me lots to think about. I really liked the step-by-step instructions for interpreting each type of Bible literature (the law, psalms, parables, etc). I didn't agree with the author regarding the TNIV translation and I still feel like I need more wisdom to determine how much context/time can affect the way I interpret scripture. A helpful book overall that pointed me in the right direction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/20/2014

    " Please note that there is a mistake in the title of this book. It should read " for all ITS worth" not "it's". The authors explain this in the foreword. This is one of those instances when both forms would actually work but with different meanings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karel Castro | 1/14/2014

    " 1.1 - Bible Reading-Studying "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Timothy | 1/8/2014

    " I wish everyone had to read this book before they were permitted to preach or teach. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy Rios | 12/20/2013

    " Decent introduction to the discipline of exegesis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Loafman | 12/19/2013

    " A major read to learn to read better and more informed. A must for everyone on the journey into more light and increased clarity. A special book in my journey and I look forward to reading this new edition beside the former release. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Graham | 12/8/2013

    " Wisdom for reading and interpreting scripture -- and help to avoid the pitfalls of wacky biblical interpretation. Highly recommended for all Bible teachers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Hendrix | 12/7/2013

    " Pretty easy to read book about how to interpret the Bible. By understanding how Jewish poetry was written to knowing what books are history, the authors give us some great tools here. I think new Bible scholars will get a lot of help here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 12/5/2013

    " Great-a whole new approach for me to a book I've been reading for years. If only this was taught to high schoolers . . . or maybe it's only now that it sticks with me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annette | 5/27/2013

    " A fantastic help in learning how to glean from the Bible and avoid falling into pits of error. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mark Glidden | 4/2/2013

    " Not so much a book, but the sentence "Take it all literally as any form of criticism is blasphemy" fleshed out and repeated for what seems like a thousand tedious, dry, and uninteresting pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donald Hartley | 6/18/2012

    " Good introduction to Bible study methods. Egalitarianism, however, is ubiquitous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael d'Offay | 5/22/2012

    " The most helpful introduction to reading the bible. highly recommended to anyone who wants to understand God's word better "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Ferguson | 5/1/2012

    " Insightful and smart but easy to understand. It's definitely given me an understanding into the importance of cultural context and how it fits together with modern application of the Bible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Carretto | 3/20/2012

    " Great book for getting to know the background of the Bible. Currently reading this for my Theopraxis class we are doing at NorthPoint. Enlightening read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brant | 2/20/2012

    " Great book for anyone struggling with big questions about biblical interpretation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alasdair Peterson | 1/29/2012

    " Very helpful. The authors perhaps overplay their hands at points when offering example exegetical/hermeneutical outcomes but generally fair in offering techniques over conclusions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/20/2012

    " a slow read, but really interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Butch | 11/15/2011

    " Good overview of the topic of interpreting Scripture. They lay out the fundamentals well in pretty accessible language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Coats | 11/13/2011

    " The third time I've read this; very good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phil | 10/6/2011

    " An absolutely INDISPENSABLE manual for reading the Bible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 9/19/2011

    " Great approach to hermeneutics. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 8/6/2011

    " I read this book more than once. It illuminated the different genres (history, poetry, etc) in the Bible to help understand the Bible the way the original writers intended it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 7/25/2011

    " A good basic read for being able to read and understand the Bible. Uses basic interpretive techniques used by historians and literature experts. A 101 course; a great starting point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 7/23/2011

    " Read 1994

    A must read for any student of the Bible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyler | 7/10/2011

    " If you want to learn more about how to read the Bible, you really can't go wrong with this book.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 7/9/2011

    " I am about halfway through. A really good book to give some context for reading scripture. A dense read so I have been a little slow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 6/7/2011

    " Please note that there is a mistake in the title of this book. It should read " for all ITS worth" not "it's". The authors explain this in the foreword. This is one of those instances when both forms would actually work but with different meanings.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cbarrett | 2/26/2011

    " Helpful resource of the various genres of Scripture. Offers clear examples of how to work through a particular text and interpret it in its context: immediate, chapter, book, genre, historical, canonical, etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zac | 2/19/2011

    " Great resource. Tough/not necessary to read cover-to-cover. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gary | 11/18/2010

    " amazing reference for consciously studying the bible "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 7/20/2010

    " Look past the cheesy cover and you'll find a very handy, thoughtful, intelligent, coherent and relatively short guide to Biblical hermeneutics. "

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About the Author

Gordon D. Fee, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of New Testament Studies at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia. He received his BA and MA degrees from Seattle Pacific University and his PhD from the University of Southern California. He is considered a leading expert in textual criticism of the New Testament and has authored several books on biblical exegesis. Dr. Fee is married and has four children.

About the Narrator

Tom Parks is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator who has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, in 2010 and 2013. He has been involved in recording audiobooks and voice-overs for over thirty years and through an eclectic range of projects. In addition to performing and directing, he is also an active musician, drumming in musical theater productions in the Midwest, and is in demand as a conference speaker.