This story is about American families who are motivated to
go to work with American business firms in Switzerland that have higher
salaries and better working conditions than in the United States.
These families are able to send their children to private
schools and to live in sumptuous villas. At the Collège de Léman, a high school
that their teenagers attend, the students become romantically involved with one
another and engage in love affairs. Some are lasting, while others are not. In
one instance, a young girl tries to end her life when her boyfriend breaks up
with her and starts a relationship with her best friend.
After graduating from the Collège the students become
alienated by living abroad. Instead of returning to the United States to
continue their studies in American Universities, they prefer to go to England,
Italy, France and the Middle East.
One student in particular chooses to go to Athens, Greece
where he enrolls at Pierce University to continue his studies. Greece is the
capital of drugs coming from Afghanistan and Iraq. He immediately succumbs to
taking opium and other potent drugs. Was this the reason he chose to go to
Athens? In the meantime, he writes his girlfriend who he jilted to come and
join him in Athens. As much as she still loves him she is undecided on what to
Features include: • VIDEOS: Section introductions by authors and master teachers J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays • VIDEOS: Concluding reflections on the end result of studying God's Word • Proven utility in classrooms across the country • Hands-on exercises to guide students through the interpretation process • Emphasis on real-life application • Supplemented by a website for professors providing extensive teaching materials • Accompanying workbook (sold separately)
This third edition includes updated illustrations, appendices, bibliography, and assignments, and has been rearranged for clarity. In order to emphasize the redemptive narrative arc of the Bible and provide greater canonical correlation, the authors have modified the steps of the Interpretive Journey to include a fifth step throughout the book: 1. Grasp the text in their town. What did the text mean to the biblical audience? 2. Measure the width of the river to cross. What are the differences between the biblical audience and us? 3. Cross the principlizing bridge. What is the theological principle in this text? 4. Cross into the rest of Scripture. Does the rest of the canon’s teaching modify or qualify this principle? 5. Grasp the text in our town. How should Christians today apply the theological principle in their lives?
Grasping God’s Word progresses through the following five sections: 1. How to Read the Book—Basic Tools; 2. Contexts—Now and Then; 3. Meaning and Application; 4. The Interpretive Journey—New Testament; 5. The Interpretive Journey—Old Testament.