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  • Series: New Church's Teaching Series (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Cowley Publications (June 28, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561011444
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561011445
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The second volume in the New Church’s Teaching Series addresses the how, why, and what questions of reading Holy Scripture. Roger Ferlo, a one-time professor of English at Yale and currently the rector of the Church of St. Luke in the Fields in New York City, displays his well-earned reputation as a teacher in this excellent introduction. . . . The book is probably best read in the way the author (and his editor) intends, as part of a six-session introductory study of the Bible, with one of the six chapters read before each meeting. It would thus provide a common—and very common sense—understanding of the history of Scripture. . . . Is the reader of Scripture to be caught in a battle between literalist and analytical ways of reading the Bible? And how does that relate to the way Scripture is used by religious communities in worship? . . . Opening the Bible offers a way to read the text sacred to Christians with some understanding of what is on the printed page and how it came to be there. Ferlo has written a good introduction without talking down to his readers or sidestepping current debates. Neglecting or refusing to read critically makes the Bible a closed book. But reading critically just for its own sake renders Scripture mute. What makes this volume live is the spirit which Ferlo brings to his task, a passionate love of conversation, engagement, and friendship to which believers are called by the Spirit of the living God. (Rev. Arthur E. Walmsley, Deering, NH)

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Robert Ferlo is rector of the Church of St. Luke in the Fields in New York City, and has led studies of the Bible in a number of parishes and dioceses. Before his ordination as an Episcopal priest, he taught English at Yale University.

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
I recently taught a bible study class for a goup that varied from newcomer to bible study to very sophisticated scholars. This book gave the newcomers a more solid background that enabled them to understand what others were talking about and to ask questions that were based on theology rather than clarification of language. We adapted the study in order to include readings from several versions of the "Episcopal Short List" of Bibles so that people to get a broader sense of of the spirit of the message. I would recommend this to any one who is seriously interest in bible study.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 11, 2004
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The Episcopal church in the twentieth century took advantage of the general availability of publishing to good advantage, compiling through several auspices different collections and teaching series, the latest of which was only completed a few years ago. There have been 'unofficial' collections of teaching texts, such as the Anglican Studies Series by Morehouse press, put out in the 1980s, as well as an earlier teaching series. However, each generation approaches things anew; the New Church Teaching Series, published by Cowley Publications (a company operated as part of the ministry of the Society of St. John the Evangelist - SSJE - one of the religious/monastic communities in the Episcopal church, based in the Boston area) is the most recent series, and in its thirteen volumes, explores in depth and breadth the theology, history, liturgy, ethics, mission and more of the modern Anglican vision in America.
The second volume, by Roger Ferlo, is entitled 'Opening the Bible', looks at the first of the Anglican triad of scripture, tradition and reason. So much of the liturgy, so much of the sensibility even of the general English language has been considerably influenced by the spirituality and linguistic construction of the English Bible. How we read the Bible today, in all of its various translations, hearkens back to Tyndale and Cranmer, as they were putting together early English translations of the biblical texts and the liturgical texts.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Edward J. Barton TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 8, 2011
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Very good, and surprisingly scholarly and balanced work on the Bible. The book explains the pitfalls and pratfalls of reading the Bible, including paraphrasing, translation problems, version analysis and how to use notes and cross-references. The book discusses the elements of diverse authorship, the historical development of the canon, and the challenges and rewards of using the Bible as Scripture and as a source of belief. A good, well written, well researched book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 25, 2003
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Reading this book as an "inquirer," I found it be very balanced and approachable. It's full of real scholarship but reminds you that you can't always just read the book as an interesting ancient text; you have to read it as Scripture, too. Well-written, just the right length. Recommended.
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By Carlton L. Shuford on May 29, 2014
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Accurate, factual information on scripture and the Episcopal church, it's hiostory and ongoing relationship with Go through scripture. Good Read.
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