Book Review: How to Study the Bible by Brady Cook

I finished Brady Cook’s “How to Study the Bible” last night at about midnight. It is a rather short read and takes about 30 minutes from start to finish. The cover is actually very pleasing to me, it has a sort of minimalism without being boring, the text is clear and easy to read.
As for the content itself, I didn’t particularly enjoy it at first, I disagreed with certain things he stated and seemed to imply. But after pushing past the first chapter, I began to appreciate it more. It offers a clear introduction for every day study of scripture and how to draw the meaning from the text (exegesis) as well as a warning for asserting meaning into the text that is not there (eisegesis).

All things considered, I would recommend this to someone who is just beginning to study scripture for themselves, but offer the advice that not everything he says in the “Big picture” chapter is universally agreed upon and so it is up to the individual to take the principles explained in this book and apply it even to the author’s own views, to be a good Berean and always formulate one’s opinion from the text, and not the other way around.

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