He Gave Us Stories: The Bible Student’s Guide to Interpreting Old Testament Narratives by Richard L. Pratt Jr.

520 pages | Direct Price: $24.99 $18.50 | Subject: Bible Study


Stories are among the primary means God uses to reveal his truth to us in Scripture. The Old Testament is filled with stories: Noah and the ark, Daniel in the lions’ den, Ruth and Boaz—stories of great men and women of God.

What does God want us to learn from these stories? Is there more to them than meets the eye? Richard L. Pratt says yes, and he carefully outlines a method for grasping the wisdom of these ageless narratives. Beginning with the role of the Holy Spirit, he sets forth a three-step process of biblical interpretation:

  • Preparation
  • Investigation
  • Application

Pratt is sensitive to the needs of both the beginner and the theological student. He insightfully guides us through considerations of attitudes and orientation, language and history, writers and characters, scenes and events, ancient and modern cultures, and more.

About the Author

Pratt, Richard


Richard L. Pratt Jr. (ThD, Harvard University) is Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando campus. He also is the author of Pray with your Eyes Open, Designed for Dignityand Every Thought Captive.



“This book will revolutionize your thinking about the Old Testament. It will make your personal reading of the Old Testament a joyous experience of discovery. If you are a preacher or a teacher, it will transform a dull sermon or lesson into a message that will change lives. Here is a book you don’t want to miss.”

—Steve Brown

“The stories of the Old Testament . . . thrill the imagination, but what do they have to do with us? Richard Pratt’s He Gave Us Stories is a readable, yet profound answer to that question.”

—Tremper Longman III