How to Interpret the Bible Correctly


Every time we read the Bible we are making key interpretive decisions on the basic meaning of texts. So how should we interpret the Bible correctly and responsibly? How do we deal with passages that are difficult to interpret or that rub us the wrong way? In this video, Dr. Bill Arnold and Dr. Ben Witherington help us understand that we should view the entirety of the Bible as the primary source for truth related to salvation. They challenge us to stand in the line of orthodoxy throughout church history which allowed Scripture to shape us and form the life of the church church, instead of the other way around. View the article referenced in the video here.

If you’d like help in studying and understanding the Bible, here are the top ten books we recommend (find more recommended reading here):
How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon Fee
Reading and Understanding the Bible by Ben Witherington
Inductive Bible Study by Robert Traina and David Bauer
Exegetical Fallacies by D. A. Carson
The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament by Craig Keener
The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament by John Walton
New Testament History by Ben Witherington
Grasping God’s Word by J. Scott Duval & J. Daniel Hays
Surprised by Scripture by N. T. Wright
Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes by Kenneth E. Bailey

View the rest of the videos in this series:
What Bible Did Jesus Use?
The Divine-Human Authorship of Scripture
The Bible Must Be Read in Context
Is the Bible Still Relevant?
Where Is Jesus in the Old Testament?
Christians and the Old Testament

Find all of our resources on Scripture here. Read articles from Dr. Bill Arnold here. Watch more videos from Dr. Ben Witherington here. Explore our OneBook Bible Study resources here.

View all of our video interviews here.


Bill Arnold is professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is a "cradle Methodist," having been raised in a Methodist parsonage. When not traveling, he teaches an adult Sunday School class at First United Methodist Church, Lexington, KY. He enjoys Kentucky basketball and Cincinnati baseball, although his wife finds something else to do when games are too intense. He and Susan are survivors of three sons, who are now beginning to provide grandchildren in order to atone for all their offenses against their parents.