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Getting the Message, Revised and Expanded

A Plan for Interpreting and Applying the Bible

Direct Price: $19.99 $15.00
Format: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781629950143
Publication Date 09/21/22

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In this serious but nontechnical introduction to interpreting and applying Scripture, Daniel M. Doriani equips Bible teachers to observe and analyze texts, solve problems, and develop themes. Since its original publication in 1996, Getting the Message has been used by teenagers, college students, and seminarians as well as by Christian leaders on six continents. This new edition has been revised with a global audience in mind.


“Doriani’s rewritten version of his helpful book provides the coaching that Bible students need. I particularly appreciated the new chapter on applying genres of Scripture.”

—Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Research Professor of Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“This is a fine book—a much-needed book—and those who give themselves to following its guidance can expect to grow in both interpretive confidence and ability.”

—Mark P. Ryan, Director, Francis A. Schaeffer Institute

“Even without seminary or Bible-college training, a layperson can become a competent student by performing Dan’s exercises at the end of each chapter.”

—George Robertson, Senior Pastor, Second Presbyterian Church, Memphis

“With his usual clarity and skill, Doriani shows us how to move from studying a passage to teaching it with integrity, power, conviction, and, most of all, with a heart for the glory of God. . . . An invaluable tool!”

—Courtney Doctor, Coordinator of Women’s Initiatives, The Gospel Coalition

“For those who believe that preaching really matters, here’s the help they need to do it confidently, accurately, and joyously.”

—Ray Cortese, Senior Pastor, Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church, Lecanto, Florida

“The better you understand the contents of this book, the better equipped you will be to understand every part of the Book.”

—Scott Sauls, Senior Pastor, Christ Presbyterian Church, Nashville


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.