If you want to rightly understand the Bible, you must begin by recognizing what it is: a composite of literary styles. It is meant to be read, not just interpreted. The Bibles truths are embedded like jewels in the rich strata of story and poetry, metaphor and proverb, parable and letter, satire and symbolism. Paying attention to the literary form of a passage will help you understand the meaning and truth of that passage.
How to Read the Bible as Literature takes you through the various literary forms used by the biblical authors. This book will help you read the Bible with renewed appreciation and excitement and gain a more profound grasp of its truths.
Designed for maximum clarity and usefulness, How to Read the Bible as Literature includes * sidebar captions to enhance organization * wide margins ideal for note taking * suggestions for further reading * appendix: "The Allegorical Nature of the Parables" * indexes of persons and subjects
Leland Ryken (PhD, University of Oregon) is professor of English at Wheaton College in Illinois, where he has twice received the "teacher of the year" award.
Not particularly scholarly or expository and really does not contain any original thinking. The book is OK but I was not impressed by the content at all. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dale Knight
This book is good, but I would recommend you bite the bullet and read the fuller treatment in Words of Delight: A Literary Introduction to the Bible. Read morePublished 7 months ago by B. Valentine
Clean and clear and easy to understand with solid theology and helps for everyone. I have recomended this to a number of people both for understanding the bible but also of... Read morePublished 8 months ago by ojisama
This seems to be a common requirement in colleges. I think it is used as a shield against offended Christians who see that the Bible is being taught without proselytizing. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Zalmorion the Fantastic
Talk about a slow read. Very technical and grammatical. I appreciate the format of the margins that give indication of what you are reading and make for a quick reference, but... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Caleb Carter