Understanding God's Word: An Introduction to Interpreting the Bible

By Jon Nielson

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An Accessible Guide to Biblical Interpretation by Pastor Jon Nielson

A faithful believer will spend their lifetime interpreting God’s word. But when confused by ancient and complex texts or led astray by small-group discussion, readers are at risk of making faulty conclusions and unbiblical applications. How can Christians correctly interpret and faithfully apply Scripture to their lives the way God intends?

This helpful guide presents 6 hermeneutical tools and demonstrates how to use them effectively in personal or small-group Bible studies. These tools are designed to help Christians read carefully and in context, identify core themes and main points, discover Christ in each passage, and respond faithfully within their own lives. Part of the Theology Basics series, this guide by author and pastor Jon Nielson makes biblical interpretation clear, meaningful, and practical for those looking for a highly accessible guide to studying God’s word. 

  • Clear Language and Easy-to-Follow Methods: Ideal for new Christians, students, homeschool groups, or anyone wanting a highly accessible guide to biblical interpretation; perfect for individual or group study
  • Practical Tools: 6 hermeneutical tools to incorporate in personal or small-group Bible studies
  • Part of the Theology Basics Series: A collection of books and study guides to introduce students to systematic theology, biblical theology, and biblical interpretation 
  • Companion Workbook and Video Series Sold Separately: Invites further interaction with the text to integrate study with application 


Jon Nielson

Jon Nielson (DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) serves as the senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church of Wheaton in Wheaton, Illinois. He is coeditor of the book Gospel-Centered Youth Ministry and author of the Theology Basics series. He and his wife, Jeanne, have four children.

Product Details

Format: Printed Caseside
Page Count: 128
Size: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Weight: 8.0 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-8743-2
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-8743-6
ISBN-UPC: 9781433587436
Published: February 11, 2025

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Introduction to Bible Study
Chapter 2: The Context Tool
Chapter 3: The Courtroom Tool
Chapter 4: The Crux Tool
Chapter 5: The Construction Tool
Chapter 6: The Clarity Tool
Chapter 7: The Cross Tool