Interpreting the Genres of the Bible

Many of the following webpages are based on How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart.[1] If you do not have access to this book, you may find these webpages helpful. The second edition of this book can also be borrowed online here.

Hebrew narrative:

Bratcher – Guidelines for Interpreting Biblical Narrative

A Little about Hebrew Narrative (Based on Fee and Stuart)

Hermeneutics – Old Testament Narrative

Old Testament Narratives – Their Proper Use (Based on Fee and Stuart)


The Laws – Covenant Stipulations for Israel (Based on Fee and Stuart)


Bratcher – Prophecy and Prediction

Ellis – Understanding the Writing Prophets

Hermeneutics – Prophets

The Prophets – Enforcing the Covenant in Israel (Based on Fee and Stuart)


Utley – Introduction to Hebrew Poetry

Utley – Introduction to the Psalms

Principles for Interpreting the Psalms

The Psalms – Israel’s Prayers and Ours (Based on Fee and Stuart)


Utley – Introduction to Wisdom Literature

McCabe – Interpreting Proverbs

Wisdom – Then and Now (Based on Fee and Stuart)

Apocalyptic Literature:

Carter – An Introduction to the Interpretation of Apocalyptic Literature

Bratcher – Interpreting the Book of Revelation

The Revelation – Images of Judgement and Hope (Based on Fee and Stuart)


Bratcher – The Shape of the Gospel Story: The Synoptic Gospels

Hermeneutics – Gospels

The Gospels – One Story, Many Dimensions (Based on Fee and Stuart)

The Parables – Do You Get the Point? (Based on Fee and Stuart)

Acts – The Question of Precedent (Based on Fee and Stuart)

Epistles (Letters):

Bratcher – The Genre of New Testament Letters and Epistles

Hermeneutics – Epistles

The Epistles – Learning to Think Contextually (Based on Fee and Stuart)

The Epistles – Hermeneutical Questions (Based on Fee and Stuart)

  1. Fee, Gordon D. and Douglas Stuart (2014). How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth (Fourth Edition). Grand Rapids: Zondervan Academic.

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