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.
Parts of Ryken’s book identify whole books of the Bible and explain how they are functioning as literature.
It also solidifies the Bible as a whole, though it is one book made up of 66 books with about 40 different writers writing in many literary styles.
Ryken's book, written by an Evangelical professor of literature, is an excellent introduction to reading the Bible.
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 2 months ago by Zalmorion the Fantastic
Leland Ryken, a professor of English at Wheaton College, is the ideal scholar to write about the literary nature of the Bible from an evangelical perspective. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Garrett Craig
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 11 months ago by Caleb Carter
Purchased this book for a literature class. Unfortunately, when I reached a certain page, about 20 pages were missing from the reading.Published 19 months ago by Pen Name
Most Bible students have little familiarity with the concept of differing literary genres of Scripture. Read morePublished on October 29, 2011 by Brian Utermahlen
Leland Ryken is excellent in pointing out nuances of the Bible that most people have never even seen (such as satire, tragedy and parables). Read morePublished on September 27, 2011 by Stephen C. Jones