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Getting the Message

A Plan for Interpreting and Applying the Bible

Direct Price: $16.99 $13.00
Format: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780875522388
Publication Date 07/01/96

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Presents solid principles and clear examples of biblical interpretation. Doriani summarizes the main principles for interpretation in a single, easily remembered acronym: CAPTOR.


"For all those who fear that the Bible is a mysterious labyrinth through which they cannot find their way, Doriani provides wonderful guidance. Written with craft and wit, this highly readable book combines great biblical insight with marvelous practical wisdom. The ‘how to’ guidelines and examples for interpreting Scripture are so clear that even those new to Scripture will say, ‘Hey I can do that, too.’ This first-rate scholar writes from a pastor’s heart to put a scriptural feast within reach of us all."

—Bryan Chapell

". . . a faithful, sane, readable, practical guide to effective Bible study. Though based on good scholarship, this book is, in the best sense, a simple guide for the serious Bible student."

—John H. White

". . . the best nontechnical approach I have seen for teaching the skills of biblical interpretation. Based on sound principles, it is balanced, clear, contemporary, realistic, and Christ-centered. The practice exercises set this book apart from virtually everything else available."

—Dennis E. Johnson


The Author

Daniel M. Doriani

Daniel M. Doriani

Daniel M. Doriani (MDiv, PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary; STM, Yale Divinity School; Research Fellow, Yale University) is professor of theology and vice president at Covenant Theological Seminary. He is the founder and president of The Center for Faith and Work, St. Louis; a member of the Council of The Gospel Coalition; and a regular blogger. He was also a lead pastor for fifteen years.