B&H Academic’s Inductive Bible Study book review – rating 9.8

If you have looked through my blog or subscribed to it for a while, you will probably notice that I am very interested in promoting actual studying of the Scriptures rather than only reading them.  It is a way that makes the Scriptures come alive to you and also helps you to truly understand and interpret correctly when you use the proper approach.  One of those approaches is the Inductive Bible Study method, which we did a 10-week class at our church on how to study the Bible using this method.

I was very excited to get a copy in my hands of the “Inductive Bible Study: Observation, Interpretation, and Application through the Lenses of History, Literature and Theology” book from B&H Academic to do a review on it.  The authors wrote this book in a way that could classify it as a college level textbook,  but even so, this book is very helpful even for an individual person to learn so much from it.  With that said, this is not the typical “precept ministries” level of Inductive Bible Study.  I’m not saying they aren’t good – if it weren’t for them, I’m not sure I would have gotten into this method of Bible study.  they are geared more towards someone who wants to dive lightly into the method in a majority of their Bible study materials.  This book, however, dives very deeply into the method and provides amazing tools to help you.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to dive deep into their inductive Bible studying.  In all honesty, it is probably the best book on doing an in-depth inductive Bible study that I have read so far.

I received a copy of this book from B&H Academic for me to do a review on it. In full disclosure, I was not required or requested by B&H Academic to write a positive review.


I would give this book a 9.8 out of my normal 10 point rating scale.  On a “5 star” scale that some websites use, I would give it a very solid 5 star rating.

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The authors really do an excellent job on covering the Inductive Bible Study method in an in-depth manner.  They also incorporate what the Bible is from a history, literature and theological perspective which really deepens the study even more.    I really appreciated so many aspects of this book, that I’m not really able to point out what my favorite part really is.  The way they wrote this book really serves as an excellent guide on how to do an in-depth inductive Bible study.  Guidance, wisdom and practical advice are very prevalent in this book.  If you have never done an inductive Bible study before, this book will help you, but I encourage you to take your time and really go through this book as a guide on how to do it properly.  Don’t get intimidated by the steps of this method or in this book.  Take them one at a time – with patience and practice, you will see that the Word of God will come alive like never before and your relationship with Him will deepen.  This book will be referenced in my library for many years to come as I work on deepening my study of God’s Word.  I can honestly say that this book is a “must have” for anyone interested in going deeper with their study of God’s Word!


Type of Book: Biblical Studies / Exegesis & Hermeneutics
Publisher: B&H Academic / Lifeway
Publication Date: November 15, 2016
ISBN-13 of Book Reviewed: 978-1433684142
Price:  At the time of writing this review, the cheapest place to get this book is from Christianbook.com. They have it for $20.99 – suggested retail from the publisher is $34.99. Please note that these prices do not include any potential shipping charges.

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684142: Inductive Bible Study: Observation, Interpretation, and Application through the Lenses of History, Literature, and Theology Inductive Bible Study: Observation, Interpretation, and Application through the Lenses of History, Literature, and Theology
By Richard Alan Fuhr / B&H AcademicWhy another book on inductive Bible study? Since Robert Traina’s Methodical Bible Study was published in 1952, dozens of books, ranging from popular-level works to academic textbooks, have presented a methodical, inductive approach to the study of Scriptures. This inductive Bible study is a practical, relevant, and time-tested approach to interpreting Scripture. Yet as evangelical scholarship of the Bible yields greater insight to the field of hermeneutics, there’s an ever-present need to incorporate those advances into a usable, applied guide for the study of the Bible.Fuhr and Köstenberger’s Inductive Bible Study incorporates insights from contemporary evangelical hermeneutics into an approachable, step-by-step process moving from observation through interpretation and on to the application of God’s Word. Each step is viewed through the lenses of the hermeneutical triad, exploring the historical, literary, and theological elements that impact how one observes, interprets, and applies the Bible. Chapter by chapter, Inductive Bible Study explores a broad representation of biblical texts as it illustrates the steps of inductive methodology across the literary landscape of Scripture. Helpful features of the text include:

  • Asking the right questions of the text
  • Comparing translations
  • Considering various facets of context
  • The study of words and phrases
  • Basic discourse analysis
  • The role of the Holy Spirit in approaching Scripture
  • Determining legitimacy in application and
  • Doing theology as the flow of inductive Bible study

Fuhr and Köstenberger offer a hermeneutically sensitive, step-by-step approach to inductive Bible study that will bring insight and practical benefit to many who endeavor to know God through the depths and riches of his Word, the Bible. Inductive Bible Study is an ideal textbook for courses in biblical interpretation, and for anyone who desires to better understand and teach Scripture.

Physical Characteristics:

Binding: Hardcover
Color: no color other than cover
Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
Number of Pages: 384
Author: Richard Alan Fuhr Jr. and Andreas J. Kostenberger

Typeface and Print:

The ease of reading this book was very good. Good printing and opaque paper make this easy to read the text on every page with very little show-through.

Ease of Use:

Readability of this book was very good.  For someone who has a general knowledge of the Inductive Bible Study method, this book is very easy to read and understand, yet full of such wisdom and so practical to anyone that wants to either start or improve their expository preaching.  For someone who has never heard of the Inductive Bible Study method, this book will still be such a valuable resource for you – you may just have to go a little slower through the guidance of this book.  Plus chapter 2 gives an excellent overview of the Inductive Bible Study method, so that will immensely help both beginners and experienced people alike.  You can also check out the videos on how to do the inductive method HERE and leave a comment or contact me if you have any questions on it.  Overall, this book is VERY well done and VERY highly recommended.


Authors’ Preface
Unit I – INTRODUCTION: Sizing Up the Task
Chapter 1 – The Task of Bible Interpretation: Bridging the Gaps
Chapter 2 – Inductive Bible Study: A Step-by-Step Approach
Unit II – OBSERVATION: Engaging the Text
Chapter 3 – Comparing Bible Translations: Translations as Tools of Observation
Chapter 4 – Asking the Right Questions of the Text: Listening Actively to the Text
Chapter 5 – Reading with Discernment: Determining Significant Terms
Chapter 6 – Having Eyes to See: Observing Literary Features
Chapter 7 – Determining Literary Units: Basic Discourse Analysis
Unit III – INTERPRETATION: Investigating the Text
Chapter 8 – Considering the Context: Historical, Literary, and Theological Kinds of Context
Chapter 9 – Interpretive Correlation: Comparing Scripture with Scripture
Chapter 10 – Discovering the Meaning of Words and Phrases: Lexical and Contextual Analysis
Chapter 11 – Thematic Correlation: Synthesizing Motifs for Topical Study
Chapter 12 – Consultation: Using Research Tools to Enhance Our Study of the Text
Unit IV – APPLICATION: Acting on the Text
Chapter 13 – Establishing Relevance and Legitimacy: Assessing the Text’s Applicability to Us Today
Chapter 14 – Appropriating the Meaning: Living Out the Text in Our World
Chapter 15 – Doing Theology: The Outflow of an Inductive Approach to Scripture
For Further Study
Scripture Index
Name Index
Subject Index

Company Summary:

From the publisher’s website: B&H Academic, a division of LifeWay Christian Resources, is dedicated to providing resources for undergraduate and graduate theological education.

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