Jan 26, 2022

5 Recommended Resources on Interpreting Scripture

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The Bible is called the sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6:17). But how can we wield this sword well? While the basic meaning of Scripture is clear and simple enough to understand who God is, who we are, and the message of the gospel, it’s also true that rightly understanding the more difficult portions of the Bible requires a basic grasp of interpretive principles. While God empowers and gifts some to be teachers of His Word, every Christian can and should learn how to understand the Scriptures with increasing maturity. Below are some resources, curated by the Ligonier editorial team, that can assist you in the journey of being a lifelong student of God’s Word.

Knowing Scripture by R.C. Sproul

When we know and use the principles of sound biblical interpretation, we are more likely to avoid misunderstanding the Scriptures when we study them. Dr. R.C. Sproul has provided a guide to the basics of proper biblical interpretation in this classic work. This accessible introduction to the science of reading the Bible well has helped many people become better students of the Bible. It is recommended for everyone who wants to grow in their understanding of God’s Word.

Principles of Biblical Interpretation by Louis Berkhof

This book by one of the most important Reformed theologians of the twentieth century lays out the key principles of biblical interpretation that, when followed, help readers come to an accurate understanding of God’s Word.

Reformation Study Bible R.C. Sproul, General Editor

The book introductions, maps, study notes, and articles featured in the Reformation Study Bible are useful tools that have assisted people in better understanding the cultural background of God’s Word and in learning scriptural doctrine.

Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties by Gleason L. Archer Jr.

In this book, Gleason L. Archer Jr. looks at many of the texts that people find difficult to understand, explaining their meaning, resolving apparent discrepancies, and offering other helpful guidance to students of Scripture.

Now, That’s a Good Question! by R.C. Sproul

Dr. R.C. Sproul was known for answering the tough questions about the Bible and theology. This book collects several of those questions and the helpful, biblical answers that Dr. Sproul gave on many important matters.

This article is part of the Recommended Resources collection.